This release elicits notions of discovering a rare artistic masterpiece in an attic. Cornetist Tommy Peltier’s West Coast based “Jazz Corps,” rendered a modish post-Bop groove during its largely under-recognized reign from 1962 thru 1968. Virtually ignored by the West Coast music critics, these performances at California’s infamous “Lighthouse,” capture a band that infused elements of open-ended group improv, with a firmly rooted Bop disposition.
Peltier’s generally memorable original compositions convey the mindset of a musician who had a deep comprehension of the Bop movement. With his smooth-edged tone, and angular mode of execution, Peltier and saxophonist Freddy Rodriguez maneuver the band through a series of bouncy themes and up-tempo swing vamps. On “Pathfinder,” the group engages in an extended jam session, as the musicians afford themselves ample breathing room amid alternating solos. Here and throughout, the soloists including vibraphonist Lynn Blessing (appearing on selected tracks), pursue slightly understated dynamics atop lyrically rich treatments. Unfortunately, this outfit never enjoyed mass recognition, however this recording will serve as a testament to its impassioned interplay and thoroughly hip approach... Indisputably recommended!