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on 2 October 2013
This is quite enjoyable but doesn't really say anything new. Henderson also recorded his composition 'The Kicker' 3 years earlier on Horace Silver's 1964 LP "Songs for my father". I preferred that version - this one is possibly a bit more modern, ie a bit less melodic. Also, I prefer not to hear a trombone.... The stereo is very polarised, with Henderson in one ear and the other horns in the other.
I bought this because I really liked pianist Kenny Barron's very melodic work on 'People Time' with Stan Getz. Here he adopts a more funky style, a bit like Horace Silver, or, say, Barry Harris on Lee Morgan's 'The Sidewinder' (which also featured Henderson). He does this very well but it doesn't feel very distinctive.
'Songs for my father' and 'The Sidewinder' are better (and more significant) LPs than this. 'Page one' is a much better Henderson LP.
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Recorded in 1967 this sextet has five well known personnel (I don't know Mike Lawrence (tpt)) who are Grachan Moncur (tmb), Kenny Barron (pno), Ron Carter (b) and Louis Hayes (d). The eight tunes are mostly bebop but there is also a delightful rendition of Ellington's "Chelsea Bridge", Miles Davis's "Nardis" and the ballad "Without A Song" (that Henderson has recorded several times during his long career). Every one plays well and although Henderson may take the lion's share of the limelight, we get to hear the rest of the band especially the nimble fingered Kenny Barron.
This is a fine album representative of the period.
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