Joe Newman (1922-1992), born in New Orleans and steeped in jazz under the guidance of his pianist father, had been a versatile and respected trumpeter since he joined Lionel Hampton in 1941 at the age of 19. An integral part of the Count Basie band for a total of 12 years, Newman took his Basie colleagues bassist Eddie Jones and tenor saxophonist Frank Wess into the studio in 1960 for a relaxed quintet session that also included pianist Tommy Flanagan and drummer Oliver Jackson. The music consisted of the Basie classics "Taps Miller" and "Jive at Five," two sunny blues originals by Newman, and a pair of classic ballads. Unclassifiable as either a swing player or a bebopper, Joe Newman melds the best of both styles, and this recording is one of his finest.
with Frank Wess, Tommy Flanagan, Eddie Jones, Oliver Jackson