The late alto saxophonist Gigi Gryce was at his best when teamed with trumpeter--he had worked productively with Clifford Brown and Art Farmer before establishing a partnership with Donald Byrd in 1957. As the Jazz Lab Quintet, Gryce and Byrd recorded five and a half albums for five different labels within a mere six months. This was the Lab's first session and one of its best, with the spotlight on Gryce originals including the classic "Minority" and explosive "Wake Up!" (Lee Sears, a nom de disque, is borrowed from Gryce's wife).
with Donald Byrd, Wade Legge, Wendell Marshall, Arthur Taylor