A very early date as a leader from drummer Roy Haynes
– already showing some very strong ability on the overseas scene – where he works here with some of the cream of the crop of the Paris scene of the 50s! The album's a surprising effort that has Haynes
at the helm of some great horn players – the mighty Barney Wilen on tenor, plus Jay Cameron on baritone – as well as Henri Renaud on piano, Jimmy Gourley on guitar, and Joe Benjamin on bass – all coming together under Haynes
' leadership in a freshly inventive way! Gourley brings some modern colors to the music, while Roy
keeps things swinging – and even at this early age, Wilen is a treat throughout. Titles include "Red Rose", "Laffin & Crying", "Minor Encamp", "Dillon", and "Subscription". The CD also features one of the few albums as a leader from pianist Jimmy Jones – a musician who was best known for his backing work for a few famous singers – but a player who really shines on this rare French session from the 50s! Jimmy's got a really great command of the keys – still that rhythmic vamp that made him nice and soulful when working with a vocalist – but also a really open, lyrical groove on the melody – one that has some surprisingly deep touches at times, this level of sophistication that we might never have expected otherwise. The trio features Joe Benjamin on bass and the great Roy Haynes
on drums – and titles include "Lush Life", "Squeeze Me", "Good Heartache", "Easy To Love", and "Little Girl Blue".