/Ray Brown/Mickey Roker/Joe Pass.
Personnel: Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Joe Pass (guitar); Ray Brown (bass); Mickey Roker (drums).
Recorded at Group IV Studios, Hollywood, California on January 21, 1980. Originally released on Pablo (2310 117).
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1990, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Joe Pass (guitar); Mickey Roker (drums).
Recording information: Group IV Studios, Hollywood, CA (01/1980).
Photographer: Phil Stern.
The quartet that went by the name "Quadrant" (guitarist Joe Pass, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Mickey Roker) recorded two albums for Pablo; this one has not been reissued on CD yet. For this project, the group plays nine Duke Ellington compositions, Billy Strayhorn's "Take the 'A' Train," and Juan Tizol's "Caravan." The four masterful musicians play up to their potential; the interplay and blend between Jackson and Pass is appealing, and there are a fair share of exciting moments on the respectful and swinging set. Highlights include "Caravan," "Mood Indigo," "Main Stem" and "Rocks In My Bed." ~ Scott Yanow