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This excellent CD reissue combines two BLUE NOTE albums by the neglected pianist Kenny Cox and his Contemporary Jazz Quintet.
Tracks 1-6('Introducing Kenny Cox and the CJQ') were recorded in Detroit on December 9, 1968 with tenorist Leon Henderson(younger brother of Joe),trumpeter Charles Moore and a superb rhythm section of Cox(piano); Ron Brooks(bass) & Danny Spencer(drums).
Tracks 7-12('Multidirection') were recorded in East Detroit on November 26, 1969 by the same line-up.
Highlights of the twelve varied tracks include Cox's 'Trance Dance' & 'Sojourn', Henderson's 'Eclipse' and Moore's 'Number Four' & 'Multidirection'.
Although influenced by the mid-60s Miles Davis Quintet this well-integrated band has its own identity and the near-80 minutes of inventive and exciting modern jazz on this CD deserves to be much better known.