The three unifying factors here are the soprano and alto saxophonist (and sometime vocalist) Norwood "Pony" Poindexter (1926-1988), the wailing Texas tenor saxist Booker Ervin (1930-1970), and copious, previously unreleased 1963 material featuring both. Ervin is a sideman on Poindexter's Gumbo, a tuneful blues suite devoted to and evocative of the sounds, sights, aromas, tastes, people, and spirits of the latter's hometown of New Orleans. This 1963 LP, long unavailable domestically and coveted by collectors, also spotlights Al Grey, longtime star trombonist of the Count Basie Orchestra. The underrated Poindexter is heard additionally as a vocalist on four previously unissued tracks from a 1963 quartet session that produced the album Pony Poindexter Plays the Big Ones, while Ervin reappears on five cuts taken from a never-before-released quartet date led by the forward-looking organist Larry Young (1940-1978) that will surely enhance the discographies of both of these important modernists.
with Al Grey, Gildo Mahones, George Tucker, Jimmie Smith, Jerry Thomas