The superb Jamaica-born trumpeter Alphonso "Dizzy" Reece has for too long been one of jazz's best-kept secrets. A fixture of the European jazz scene of the Fifties, Reece (b. 1931), who doesn't sound like his famous namesake, came to New York in 1959. Three years later he made this intriguing, Eastern-flavored date, sharing the front line with veteran baritonist Cecil Payne (b. 1922) and a promising young reedman named Joe Farrell (1937-1986), who would win critical and public acclaim for his work with Elvin Jones, Chick Corea's original Return to Forever, and his own albums. Happily, the rest of this one-time-only group continues to make music of Asia Minor's caliber.
with Cecil Payne, Joe Farrell, Hank Jones, Ron Carter, Charlie Persip