A strong little set from the upstate scene that circled around PM
Records in the mid 70s – one headed up by sax player Pat Labarbera, and which features Gene Perla on bass, Joe Labarbera on drums, and either Richie Beirach or Don Thompson on piano! Pat plays tenor, soprano, and flute – and at times, he's going for the harder-jamming PM
sound – with those sharp edges in the rhythms you'd expect from Perla and Labarbera – but at others, he kicks back and blows with surprising soulfulness that brings some great lyrical moments to the set – this sense of soul that we really love. Titles include "Little Lady", "Cellar Muse", "Pass It On", "Up Loose", and "Princess Road".
(Part of the Modern Jazz Connection series!)