History repeated itself recently, when Frank Foster resigned the directorship of the Count Basie Orchestra to pursue his own musical projects in small and large ensembles. Foster first left the confines of the Basie band, specifically the saxophone section, in 1964 with similar ends in mind. This album was one of the first products of his earlier decision, a quintet effort that affirmed Foster's ability to hold the spotlight as both composer and primary soloist. He brought two inspired supporting voices along trumpeter Virgil Jones, who became a mainstay of Prestige's "acid jazz" sessions a few years later, and the late pianist Albert Dailey and five originals heavily laced with the blues plus Fats Waller's classic "Jitterbug Waltz," demonstrating in both his playing and writing the sophistication and authority that continue to make Frank Foster one of jazz's most complete musicians three decades later.
with Virgil Jones, Albert Dailey, Bob Cunningham, Alan Dawson