The second set in Lonehill's series that compiles the Complete Jazz Lab Studio Sessions – incredible early LPs that the Byrd and Gryce team cut for Columbia – with Vol 2 including work from the albums Modern Jazz Perspective, New Formulas From The Jazz Lab, and a couple cuts from one of the LPs from the period with the Jazz Lab title. The set opens with the few vocal tunes from the Modern Jazz Perspective album – a mixture of hard bop
and modern jazz, always swinging, but angularly carved, with striking tones and colors that recall the best mid 50s Mingus! The difference, though, is the vocal work by Jackie Paris, a hip
singer who's at his best here – vocalizing with way better material than he often got on his own albums, singing on the medley "Early Morning Blues/
Now, Don't You Know", "Early Bird" and "Elgy". The rest of the group features Wynton Kelly, Art Taylor, and Wendell Marshall. The New Formulas and Jazz Lab material are more in that mightily soulful bop
mode, with work by Hank Jones on piano and Paul Chambers on bass. Tracks include "Exhibit A", "Ergo The Blues (Takes 2 and 3)", "Splittin", "Passade", "Byrd In Hand", "Blue Lights" and "Onion Head". 75 minutes of music!
(Out of print.)