Tracks 1-7 were recorded in New Jersey on October 16, 1959 with multi-instrumentalist Yusef Lateef(tenor sax, flute & oboe); Lonnie Hillyer(trumpet); Hugh Lawson(piano); Herman Wright(bass) & Frank Gant(drums).
Track 8 was recorded in New Jersey on October 11, 1957 and features Lateef on tenor sax with Wilbur Harden(flugelhorn); Hugh Lawson(piano); Ernie Farrow(bass) & Oliver Jackson(drums).
The music is mainly contemplative and highlights include Lateef's sad and beautiful title-track composed after a visit to his wife in hospital, and his powerful tenor soloing on the waltz 'Butter's Blues' and Tadd Dameron's 'If You Could See Me Now'.
All in all, the inventive and colourful music on 'Cry!-Tender' is an ideal introduction to Yusef Lateef and deserves to be better known.
BTW ~ This review applies to OJC-482. The recent reissue(2010)of 'Cry!-Tender' on SOLAR 4569878 also includes Lateef's 1961 album 'Lost in Sound' and a bonus track.