At a time when such avant-gardists as Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler were all the rage in the jazz press, Charles McPherson (b. 1939) kept the bebop flame burning. Though only two tunes here, "Shaw ’Nuff" and "Epistrophy," sprang from the Forties revolution, the music bursts with the spirits of Bird, Diz, and Bud. With the exception of the sizzling drummer Billy Higgins, this group hails from the musically fertile city of Detroit, where pianist Barry Harris had been a mentor to McPherson and the late trumpeter Lonnie Hillyer (who at the time of these recordings were Charles Mingus’s front line). This newly expanded edition of Live at the Five Spot (formerly The Quintet/Live!) adds three exultantly swinging numbers, or almost 26 minutes, including the aforementioned "Epistrophy." Frank Loesser’s hit show tune "I Believe in You," and "Luminescence," which is based on the changes of "How High the Moon."
with Lonnie Hillyer, Barry Harris, Ray McKinney, Billy Higgins