Charles McPherson is an early bloomer who has kept developing throughout his career. Con Alma! is a snapshot of his development as of 1965. McPherson was strongly affected by Charlie Parker, but he had also been influenced by Johnny Hodges. McPherson was never possessed by Parker, as many young alto saxophonists were. His individuality was encouraged by Charles Mingus, in whose large and small bands McPherson worked for many years. The extent of his emotional and stylistic range is displayed in this collection. He interpreted tunes by five jazz giants and added a memorable slow blues of his own. Clifford Jordan is effective as McPherson’s saxophone foil and collaborator. The rhythm section is headed by pianist Barry Harris, with whom McPherson had worked as a 17-year-old in Detroit a decade earlier.
with Clifford Jordan, Barry Harris, George Tucker, Alan Dawson