Personnel: Art Farmer, Idrees Sulieman, Buster Cooper, Jerome Richardson, Jimmy Forrest, Pepper Adams, Ray Bryant, Tiny Grimes, Wendell Marshall, Osie Johnson, Jerry Valentine.
Recorded in August 1958.
Personnel: Tiny Grimes (guitar); Jerome Richardson (flute, alto saxophone); Jimmy Forrest (tenor saxophone); Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone, brass); Idrees Sulieman, Art Farmer (trumpet); George Cooper, Buster Cooper (trombone); Ray Bryant (piano); Osie Johnson (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Phil DeLancie.
Liner Note Author: Ira Gitler.
Recording information: Hackensack, NJ (08/29/1958); New Jersey (08/29/1958); Nj (08/29/1958).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Idrees Sulieman; Jerome Richardson; Jimmy Forrest; Osie Johnson; Pepper Adams; Ray Bryant; Art Farmer; Tiny Grimes; Wendell Marshall.
Arranger: Jerry Valentine.
Of the many mid-'50s Prestige jam sessions, Outskirts of Town is probably one of the more successful. If nothing else, it features a handful of players who did not record together on a regular basis. The all-star lineup featured, among others, Art Farmer, Idrees Sulieman, Jerome Richardson, Pepper Adams, Ray Bryant, Tiny Grimes, and Osie Johnson. Richardson and tenor man Jimmy Forrest are particularly exciting and take the set's opener, "I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town," to unexpected heights, given the tune's mellow opening bars. As one might guess, uptempo and midtempo blues numbers dominate the program here, and the accompaniment of the 11-piece ensemble lends many of these tunes a hot Midwestern Basie vibe. ~ Brandon Burke