/Oliver Nelson Big Band.
Personnel: Jimmy Forrest (tenor saxophone); Oliver Nelson (conductor, tenor saxophone); Jerome Richardson (alto saxophone, flute); King Curtis (tenor saxophone); Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); Art Farmer, Idrees Sulieman (trumpet); George "Buster" Cooper (trombone); Gene Casey, Hugh Lawson, Ray Bryant (piano); Calvin Newborn, Tiny Grimes (guitar); George Duvivier, Tommy Potter, Wendell Marshall (bass); Roy Haynes, Clarence Johnston, Osie Johnson (drums); Ray Barretto (congas).
Oliver Nelson Big Band includes: George Barrow, Seldon Powell (tenor saxophone); Ernie Royal (trumpet); Jimmy Cleveland (trombone); Chris Woods (piano); Mundell Lowe (guitar); Richard Davis (bass); Ed Shaughnessy (drums).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on August 29, 1958 and at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey between September 9, 1960 and June 1, 1962. Includes liner notes by Dan Morgenstern.
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1998, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Jimmy Forrest (tenor saxophone); Tiny Grimes, Mundell Lowe, Calvin Newborn (guitar); Jerome Richardson (flute, alto saxophone); King Curtis, Oliver Nelson, Seldon Powell, George Barrow (tenor saxophone); Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); Ernie Royal, Idrees Sulieman, Art Farmer (trumpet); George Cooper, Jimmy Cleveland (trombone); Chris Woods, Hugh Lawson, Gene Casey, Ray Bryant (piano); Clarence Johnston, Osie Johnson, Roy Haynes, Ed Shaughnessy (drums); Ray Barretto (congas).
Audio Remasterer: Phil DeLancie.
Liner Note Author: Dan Morgenstern.
Recording information: Englewood Cliffs, NJ (08/29/1958-06/01/1962); Hackensack, NJ (08/29/1958-06/01/1962); Nj (08/29/1958-06/01/1962).
Director: Oliver Nelson.
Photographer: Don Schlitten.
Unknown Contributor Roles: King Curtis; Calvin Newborn.
Arrangers: Jerry Valentine; Oliver Nelson.
A popular yet underrated tenor saxophonist, Jimmy Forrest is featured in several different settings on this 1998 CD reissue. Forrest matches wits with fellow tenors King Curtis and Oliver Nelson on "Soul Street" (his opening phrase is a classic), plays three standards (including an effective "Sonny Boy") with a combo that includes pianist Hugh Lawson and is featured on "I Wanna Blow, Blow, Blow" with a nonet also featuring trombonist Buster Cooper. The remainder of the CD has Forrest showcased on three numbers with an octet arranged by Oliver Nelson. These tracks are of lesser interest (particularly Henry Mancini's "Experiment in Terror") but still include some fine tenor playing. With this reissue, all of Forrest's work for the Prestige and New Jazz labels has been made available on CD. ~ Scott Yanow