Brilliant work from the "Vice Pres" – tenorist Paul Quinichette
, stepping out here in one the best of of his all-too-few sessions as a leader! Paul
's tone is amazing throughout – very much on a par with that of Ben Webster or Coleman Hawkins, and proof that his admission to the jazz "executive branch" in the 50s was well deserved. The tunes are shortish, but very swinging – and Quinichette
's tenor work dominates in a group that also includes Nat Pierce, Henry Coker, Thad Jones, Freddie Green, and Joe Newman. There's a Basie-esque swing overall – but the final result is miles from Basie, and has a very different vibe overall. Titles include "Big Deal", "Happy Feeling", "Pardon The Blues Please", "Start Here", and "The Kid From Denver".
(Black label pressing with deep groove – nice and clean. Cover has a bit of tape on two seams, but is nice overall.)