Personnel: Donald Byrd, Johnny Coles (trumpet); Duke Pearson (piano); Bob Cranshaw (bass); Walter Perkins (drums).
Recorded at Bell Sound Studios, New York, New York on January 12, 1962. Includes liner notes by Alun Morgan.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
On this somewhat obscure Black Lion release (which has been reissued on CD), Donald Byrd teams up with fellow trumpeter Johnny Coles, pianist Duke Pearson, bassist Bob Cranshaw and drummer Walter Perkins for a set of music dominated by hard bop originals; "Angel Eyes" and "Out Of This World" are the only standards. Augmented by three previously unreleased alternate takes, this straightahead session finds Cole's brittle tone sounding more distinctive than Byrd's (who is in more of a Lee Morgan vein) but everyone plays well. Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow