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by Robert Spencer
A solid disc full of genial and sure-handed ensemble playing from the tremendous front line of Henry Cook (reeds), Cecil Brooks (trumpet), and Salim Washington (tenor saxophone). Plus drummer Bobby Ward for firepower.
Cook wrote four of these tracks, and Ward contributed two. These are all fine hard bop and post-hard bop heads full of terrific soloing, but perhaps the best entrée into the music of this ensemble is their roundhouse, flat-out take of Charles Mingus' Fables of Faubus," on ...read more