Royal G. "Rusty" Bryant (1929-91) was the king of the Columbus, Ohio tenor saxophonists and the bandleader who gave vocalist Nancy Wilson her first break. By the time he signed on with Prestige Records in 1968, he was playing electrified alto, an instrument popularized by Sonny Stitt. Producer Bob Porter had the good judgment to have Bryant unplug and return to the tenor, the horn on which he scored with "All Night Long" and other R&B instrumentals back in the Fifties. These two 1971 sessions, both fueled by the fatback drums of Idris Muhammad, feature the robust-toned tenor man at his funkiest and fieriest.
Fire-Eater, Free at Last, The Hooker, Mister S., Wildfire, It's Impossible, Riders on the Storm, The Alobamo Kid, If You Really Love Me, All That I've Got
with Bill Mason, Leon Spencer, Wilbert Longmire, Idris Muhammad, Jimmy Ponder, Ernest Reed, Buddy Caldwell