One of the few albums ever cut by Ernie Wilkins as a leader – despite his presence as an arranger on countless jazz sessions of the 50s and 60s! Ernie's got a real flair for a tight bounce at the bottom and unusual horn formations at the top – a style that reminds us a lot of Oliver Nelson at his best, and which, like Nelson, often comes across with a more soulful approach than most of his contemporaries! The Wilkins groove is often playful, but never over-indulgent – joyously reveling in its own sharpness, but open enough to let the strong talents in the group do their own thing. Musicians include Yusef Lateef, Zoot Sims, Ron Carter, Seldom Powell, Richard Williams, Clark Terry, Eddie Costa
, and Kenny Burrell – and titles include "Lover Man", "A Swingin Serenade", "Speak Low", "Canadian Sunset", and "Satin Doll".
(Cover has some wear, wide clear tape on the seams, discoloration due to aging, some marker, and a newspaper clipping taped to the front.)