2 LPs on 1 CD
The Modern Jazz Disciples was a group that offered a refreshing and unpretentious hard bop with deep, warm roots, performed with wit and taste. The crisp, well- blended ensembles were the platform for some superb improvising by the horn men, both of whom were exceptional soloists. Curtis Peagler was an effervescent altoist in the Parker-Stitt-Adderley mould, and his work here is outstanding for its heat and joy. The inclusion of William Kelley on normaphone a valve trombone in the shape of an alto saxophone and euphonium a kind of French horn, added body to the sound. Playing in a coolly understated, linear, easy-swinging way, he complemented Peagler s more dominant, coruscating manner. Pianist William Brown contributed some interesting solos, full of intensity, while Lee Tucker's propulsive bass and drummers Wilbur Slim& Jackson or Ron McCurdy, are well integrated and non-obtrusive, completed a solid and exciting rhythm section. The Modern Jazz Disciples weren t together for very long and this compilation gathers together the only two albums they recorded for Prestige between 1959 and 1960.