Brilliant work from Joe Newman
– arguably our favorite session of his from the 50s, and a freshly crafted batch of tracks that actually has some nice modern touches! Joe
's playing here with 2 different groups – one with John Lewis on piano, Gene Quill on alto, Frank Foster on tenor, and Freddie Green on guitar; and one with Frank Wess on tenor and flute, Ed Jones on bass, and Sir Charles Thompson on piano. The Quill sides are especially nice – very tightly arranged with a good sense of counterpoint, but also enough relaxed soloing to bring in the Newman
that we know and love. Titles include "Midgets", "Diffugalty", "I Feel Like A Newman
", "King Size", "East Of The Sun", and "Sweetie Cake".
(Original red label pressing, with deep groove! Cover has some light wear, and a small seam split in one spot – and a light stain near the bottom. Still a nice copy overall.)