- Released: January 30, 1995
- Label: Chesky Records
Down Beat - 6/95, p.504 Stars
- Very Good - "...his playing is farm-fresh and free of any specific self-plagiarism..."
- 1.One Foot in the Gutter
- 2.Opus Ocean
- 4.Serenade to a Bus Seat
- 6.Ode to a Flugelhorn
- 7.Funky Mama
Personnel: Clark Terry (trumpet, flugelhorn), Jimmy Heath (tenor saxophone), Don Friedman (piano), Marcus McLauren (bass), Kenny Washington (drums).
Recorded live at the Village Gate, New York on November 19-20, 1990. Includes liner notes by Steve Kaiser.
All songs written by Clark Terry.
THE SECOND SET includes ten minutes of an interview of Clark Terry conducted by Lee Greenblat.
Personnel: Clark Terry (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jimmy Heath (tenor saxophone); Don Friedman (piano); Kenny Washington (drums).
Liner Note Author: Steve Kaiser.
Recording information: Village Gate, New York, NY (11/19/1990-11/20/1990); Village Gate, NY (11/19/1990-11/20/1990).
Editor: Bob Katz .
Photographer: Alan Nahigian.
Clark Terry has made so many fine records in the 1990s that virtually all of them are recommended; this Chesky CD is no exception. A quintet date with tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath, pianist Don Friedman, bassist Marcus McLauren and drummer Kenny Washington, Terry plays a variety of original tunes based on the blues and other fairly common chord changes. The good-humored music (which includes such song titles as "One Foot in the Gutter," "Serenade to a Bus Seat" and "Ode to a Flugelhorn") is quite enjoyable, highlighted by Terry's Mumbles vocal on "Joonji," a few creative singalongs, and lots of exciting flugelhorn playing. This fine set is rounded off by ten minutes of storytelling by Terry that covers Count Basie, Duke Ellington, jazz education, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis. ~ Scott Yanow