- Released: March 1, 1991
- Label: Chesky Records
- 1.Top and Bottom
- 2.Keep, Keep, Keep on Keepin' On
- 3.Silly Samba
- 4.Pint of Bitters
- 6.Brushes and Brass
- 7.Simple Waltz
- 8.Hey Mr. Mumbles
Personnel: Clark Terry (trumpet, flugelhorn), Jimmy Heath (soprano & tenor saxophone), Paquito D'Rivera (alto saxophone), Don Friedman (piano), Marcus McLauren (bass), Kenny Washington (drums).
Recorded live at the Village Gate, November 19-20, 1990. Includes liner notes by Marc Crawford.
All songs written by Clark Terry.
Personnel: Clark Terry (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jimmy Heath (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Paquito d'Rivera (alto saxophone); Don Friedman (piano); Kenny Washington (drums).
Liner Note Author: Marc Crawford.
Recording information: Village Gate, New York, NY (11/19/1990/11/20/1990).
Editor: Jeremy Kipnis.
Photographer: David King .
Flugelhornist Clark Terry, three weeks shy of his 70th birthday at the time of this live performance, sounds very much at the peak of his powers throughout Live at the Village Gate. Teamed up with old friend Jimmy Heath, who doubles on tenor and soprano, pianist Don Friedman, bassist Marcus McLauren and drummer Kenny Washington (altoist Paquito D'Rivera guests on "Silly Samba"), Terry performs eight little-known originals. The tunes are all fairly basic, but they inspire these talented musicians to some of their best playing. The hard-swinging music, which includes a trumpet-drums duet on "Brushes & Brass" and some singing from the audience on "Hey Mr. Mumbles," is quite enjoyable, and among the most accessible type of jazz. ~ Scott Yanow