Monday, March 27, 2017

Charles McPherson - 1966 - The Quintet / Live!

Charles McPherson 
The Quintet / Live! (Recorded Live At The Five Spot)

01. The Viper 4:45
02. I Can't Get Started 9:05
03. Shaw 'Nuff 10:15
04. Here's That Rainy Day 6:30
05. Never Let Me Go 11:30
06. Suddenly 6:50

Alto Saxophone – Charles McPherson
Bass – Ray McKinney
Drums – Billy Higgins
Piano – Barry Harris
Trumpet – Lonnie Hillyer

Altoist Charles McPherson and pianist Barry Harris are the stars of this live bop-oriented session. Trumpeter Lonnie Hillyer does his best although he stumbles a bit on the rapid "Shaw 'Nuff," drummer Billy Higgins and the forgotten bassist Ray McKinney are fine in support and the repertoire (ranging from the funky "The Viper" and "I Can't Get Started" to "Here's That Rainy Day" and the recent "Never Let Me Go") is diverse and challenging. It's an excellent album overall.

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