An obscure set from Roy Haynes
– recorded before his recent decade or so of comeback fame, but still plenty darn compelling! The session sort of steps off the grooves that Haynes
was laying down at the end of the 70s – a style that's sometimes more electric, and often a bit funky – with nice work on keyboards, guitar, and bass bubbling alongside Roy
's always-sharp lines on drums. The group's largeish, but shifts around from track to track – and includes Harry Whitaker and Dave Kikoski on keyboards, Spaceman Patterson on guitar, George Adams on tenor, Craig Handy on soprano and tenor sax, Graham Haynes
on cornet, and Marcus Miller and Cecil McBee on bass. Production's nice and lean, never too "bright", as could sometimes happen in this vintage – and titles include "Waltz For Debby", "Mescalito", "George's Reggae", "Brown Skin Girl", "Green Chimneys", "Island", "Equipoise", and "Dual Exhaust".