That the alto and tenor saxophonist Eric Kloss was all of 16 and 17 years old in 1965 and 1966 when he recorded the music herein would be newsworthy enough. But the fact that he more than he held his own on his first two LPs while in the company of Don Patterson and Richard "Groove" Holmes, absolute monsters of the Hammond B-3 organ, and guitar wizard Pat Martino made these performances all the more impressive. Blind since infancy, the Pittsburgh-based Kloss moved between incendiary bebop and post-bop and grittier soul-jazz, à la another first-rate multi-saxophonist, Sonny Stitt. Though essentially a young traditionalist, Kloss wasn't afraid to try something different, like the uptempo take of the usually balladic "Embraceable You." While Martino has become one of the acknowledged giants of jazz guitar, Vinnie Corrao and Gene Edwards, who share the guitar spot elsewhere in this collection, contribute bracing solos as well. These days Kloss is a distinguished member of the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.
with Don Patterson, Pat Martino, Billy James, Vinnie Corrao, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Gene Edwards, Grady Tate