A nice two LP set bringing together two of our favorite Vee Jay sides. Young Lion
s is one of our top ten jazz albums of all time – a stunning session from 1960 not only coined the term "young lion
s" in jazz, but offers up a pack of them that any modern players would be hard-pressed to beat. Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, and Bobby Timmons take a break from the Jazz Messengers to join Frank Strozier in the frontline on this fantastic set of tracks that ring with a lyrical beauty hardly surpassed by any other hard bop albums. Shorter wrote nearly all of the tracks, and the set list includes some of his best-ever work, like "Seeds Of Sin", "Scourn" and "Peaches & Cream", plus "That's Right" and "Fat Lady". The second album in the set isn't by the Young Lion
s group, and was originally released under Louis Hayes name, and then again under Yusef Lateef's, though we think Hayes was the leader. Lateef plays tenor exclusively on the album – and he's working here with a solid soul jazz combo that's filled out by Nat Adderley on cornet, Barry Harris on piano, Sam Jones on bass – who play with the same bristling energy as the group on the Young Lion
s LP, with some nice inflections of boppish soul jazz that would gain great popularity for Cannonball Adderley, with whom Lateef and Hayes would go on to join. Tracks are all originals by the group: "Hazing", "Rip De Boom", "Teef", "I Need You", "Back Yard" and "Sassy Ann".
(Cover is worn with some pen, and clear tape over all seams.)