Equally accomplished as a guitarist and a flutist, Les Spann was a mainstay of the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet and the Quincy Jones big band during the period when Gemini was recorded. He sometimes imparted to his guitar the rough and jubilant tone associated with blues players of the south-central Arkansas flatlands where he grew up, but Spann was a thoroughly educated and harmonically sophisticated musician. Capable of speed and precise articulation on the flute, he leavened his solos with humor and speechlike inflections. The other horn here is French. It is played by Julius Watkins, generally conceded to be the undefeated jazz champion of that difficult instrument. Pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Sam Jones, and either Albert "Tootie" Heath or Louis Hayes on drums are the all-star supporting cast.
with Julius Watkins, Tommy Flanagan, Sam Jones, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Louis Hayes
Recorded in New York City; December 8 and 16, 1960.