Lou Blackburn: The Complete Imperial Sessions (2006)
and your trumpeter is Freddie Hill. Texas and Florida were their home states, and Blackburn was born in the Pittsburgh area. These details help to explain the blues orientation and gritty drive of many of the tracks. The lesser-known bassist and drummer, John Duke and Leroy Henderson, both played with a variety of established R&B and jazz groups. Duke later found his way into the Count Basie Band, and Henderson disappeared from the jazz world not long after these 1963 sessions.
Of course it helps a bandleader if your pianist is Horace Tapscott
It should be noted that Henderson's performance on these recordings is exceptional; he is a classy drummer with the authority and the drive to direct this band from below. The Henderson/Duke/Tapscott rapport is of continual interest to anyone curious about why these Imperial Sessions are so successful. Tapscott's accompaniment to any solo is worth a careful listen. He shifts from accompaniment to his own solos with the same level of intensity and precision. In short, this is early Tapscott in a traditional Blue Note mode and he is impressive.
Freddie Hill is the lead soloist of the group, consistently demonstrating full command of the trumpet with a rich, full-bodied sound, no matter what the range or tempo. His solos are concise and intelligently developed throughout. Blackburn's arrangements are also notable: the combination of Hill and Blackburn playing together above a first rate rhythm section adds an exciting dimension to this versatile band and to this highly recommended recording.
Track Listing: New Frontier; Perception; I Cover The Waterfront; 17 Richmond Park; Harlem Bossa Nova; Luze Blues; The Clan; Scorpio; Jazz-A-Nova; Stella By Starlight; Manha De Carnaval; Jean-Bleu; Blues For Eurydice; Secret Love; Two-Note Samba; Grand Prix; Song Of Deliah; Dear Old Stockholm; Ode To Taras.
Personnel: Freddie Hill: trumpet; Lou Blackburn: trombone; Horace Tapscott: piano; John Duke: bass; Leroy Henderson: drums.
Record Label: Blue Note Records
Style: Modern Jazz