Alto and tenor saxophonist Rusty Bryant's gifts for what we'll call "multi-crossover" are readily apparent from the two early- to mid-1970s LPs paired herein, For the Good Times and Until It's Time for You to Go. Bryant (1929-1991) could achingly "sing" a country melody like Kris Kristofferson's "For the Good Times" or funk out with the best of them, as on "The Hump Bump." He could handle a tricky jazz-blues arrangement such as "Appalachian Green," offer an offbeat, sultry reading of Dizzy Gillespie's bebop anthem "A Night in Tunisia," or speak the language of the blues fluently, as witness "The Red-Eye Special." And his work reached out to the wider audience on diverse pop fare, e.g. "Killing Me Softly," "Looking Through the Eyes of Love," and "Until It's Time for You to Go." Backed by groups of varying size, comprising New York's finest jazz and session players (including the inestimable Hank Jones, featured here on electric piano), Rusty Bryant is in top form.
For the Good Times, Killing Me Softly (With His Song), The Last one Out, Appalachian Green, A Night in Tunisia, Looking Through the Eyes of Love, Theme from Deep Throat, The Hump Bump, Troubles, The Red-Eye Special, Draggin' the Line, Until It's Time for You To Go, Ga Gang Gang Goong
with Hank Jones, Joe Beck, Hugh McCracken, Tony Levin, Steve Gadd, Horace Ott, David Spinozza, Richie Resnikoff, Ernie Hayes, Wilbur Bascomb, Bernard Purdie, George Devens, Jon Faddis, Joe Shepley, Billy Campbell, Garnett Brown, Seldon Powell, Babe Clarke, Heywood Henry