CAT # OJCCD-900-2
1. Minor Groove 7:34 2. Blue Echo 4:15 3. Blue Dip 9:23 4. Gospel Truth 10:43 5. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid (inst.) 2:33 6. Trinidad 4:28
The sextet heard on this disc is balanced between three musicians who were mainstays of Prestige's late-Fifties blowing sessions (Mal Waldron, Kenny Burrell, and Arthur Taylor) and three less frequent yet equally inspired contributors (Herbie Mann, Charlie Rouse, and George Joyner aka Jamil Nasser). The emphasis is on the blues, with Waldron as usual contributing a good portion of the effective material. His conversational "Blue Echo" and evocative "Gospel Truth" are standouts in a program that also includes "Trinidad" by the underrated composer Cal Massey. It is a treat to hear Rouse, in the period just before he began his lengthy working relationship with Thelonious Monk, stretching out to such productive effect; while Mann, soon to become a musical world traveler, also takes advantage of these straight-ahead surroundings.
with George Joyner, Arthur Taylor
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