There's nothing hokey about this one – despite a "happy time
" title that might make you think so – as the album's one of the first great statements from pianist Junior Mance, a player who was really coming into his own at the time
! Rhythm here is by the team of Ron Carter on bass and Mickey Roker on drums – and as with other Mance records from the time
, there's a style that's certainly soul jazz directed, but which also comes off with a bit more sensitivity at time
s – in modes that occasionally recall Red Garland or Tommy Flanagan. Titles include the original numbers "Taggie's Tune", "Happy Time
", and "Out South" – plus versions of "Azure Te", "Simple Waltz", and "Tin Tin Deo".
(Maroon Orpheum Productions pressing. Cover has some wear, a sticker, and some stains on the back.)