Personnel: Illinois Jacquet (bassoon, tenor saxophone); Kenny Burrell, Wally Richardson (guitar); Tommy Flanagan (piano); Ralph Smith (organ); Ray Lucas (drums); Willie Rodriguez (percussion).
Liner Note Authors: Allan Morrison; Arthur Kramer.
Recording information: New York, NY (05/07/1963-02/13/1964); Nj (05/07/1963-02/13/1964).
Authors: Dorothy Donegan; Roy Eldridge.
Editor: Arthur Kramer.
This rather brief LP (just 31 minutes) finds tenorman Illinois Jacquet in typically fine form, but fronting a rather anonymous-sounding group (despite the presence of guitarist Kenny Burrell on some numbers) that includes organist Ralph Smith and a Latin percussionist. Most interesting is "Bassoon Blues" which has Jacquet's recorded debut on that instrument. Although "Wild Man" and "Turnpike" are heated, this is only an average outing overall. ~ Scott Yanow