Personnel: Toshiko Akiyoshi Mariano (piano); Charlie Mariano (alto saxophone); Gene Cherico (bass); Eddie Marshall (drums).
Recorded at Nola Penthouse Sound Studios, New York on December 5, 1960. Includes original release liner notes by Nat Hentoff.
All songs written by Akiyoshi and/or Mariano except "Deep River" (traditional, arragement Mariano).
A straight-ahead session from 1960, when pianist and bandleader Toshiko Akiyoshi and alto saxophonist Charlie Mariano were married and working together. Their regular band included bassist Gene Cherico and drummer Eddie Marshall, and this was the second album they released. Akiyoshi's playing was squarely in a Bud Powell-influenced bop mode, while Mariano was playing aggressive, surging solos with pronounced Charlie Parker ties. ~ Ron Wynn