Steve White was a bundle of rhythmic energy concealed in a restrained tenor style inspired by Lester Young. He could play with lyricism reminiscent of Stan Getz. He could swing like Wardell Gray. His vocals exploded in compelling stream-of-consciousness flights that left listeners shaking their heads in admiration and puzzlement. Although he had a certain following because of his single, "My New Jet Plane," White recorded little, a date for Liberty and two for Nocturne. One of the Nocturne sessions--this one--was made in 1954 but never released until now. He is accompanied by the frequent Nocturne rhythm section, Jimmy Rowles, Harry Babasin, and Roy Harte. He and Rowles seemed to stimulate one another's most unrestrained and whimsical ideas. Trombonist Herbie Harper joins White for two unbuttoned takes of the old Count Basie specialty, "Easy Does It."
with Herbie Harper, Jimmy Rowles, Harry Babasin, Roy Harte