A beautiful and beautifully obscure set of jazz from the San Francisco scene of the 50s – a set that's split between work by the Rudy Salvini big band, singer Ree Brunell, and smaller group tunes by the Jerry Coker Quartet. Coker's a name that we mostly know from larger group work of later years – but he really sounds tremendous here – stepping out in a small group format on tenor, alongside guitar by Eddie Duran, trumpet by Allan Kieger, and bass by Dean Reilly. These tunes have a wonderfully moody and fluid feel – almost like some of the late 50s Jimmy Giuffre trio work – and Coker titles include "Giggling Oysters", "You'll Stay", and "Waters Edge". The Rudy Salvini band is a pretty nice ensemble – led by trumpeter Rudy in a hard-swinging mode, but one that's filled with rich colors and tones as well. Salvini tunes include "Boots Boots", "Topsy Returns", "Yesterdays", and "Smiths
onian". Last up is singer Ree Brunell – a lovely little vocalist with an intimate approach that's a bit in the Chris Connor mode – and amazingly playing drums on the tunes while she's singing, on tracks that include "I'm Glad There Is You", "You Turned The Tables On Me", and "Falling In Love With Love".
(Original pressing. Cover has clear tape on the top seam and bottom corners.)