Henry Franklin – double bass | Steve Clover – drums | Marc Seales – piano | Jerry Rush – trumpet | George Harper – tenor & soprano saxophone
The quintet kick it off strongly on Highway Blues. Strong interacting, trading phrases, great energy. Marc and the trio set a whole different mood with a swinging, faster than usual rendition of When I Fall In Love. In Shalabungo, George himself leaps into the tune, building his way to an unexpected ending where Jerry takes over and shows some real sizzling trumpet playing. I’ve Never Been In Love Before is another trio tune. Wayne Shorter’s Prince Of Darkness a burning up-tempo. Marc is projecting superb lines over the ever pushing tandem. Again with some very interesting soloing by Steve. Love’s Question, beautifully constructed, a real developing melody over some pretty descending harmonies. Follow Your Bliss in ¾ proves to be an excellent vehicle for improvising for all three soloist. Central Park West just speaks for itself. George therefore gives us the melody and leaves it at that. It leaves you wanting to hear more, wanting to hear more music from these wonderful musicians.