Forrest’s session from just a month later has him with almostthe same group, but with Ray Barretto on congas, jumping like a slinky on “Annie Laurie” and dancing like a gypsy on “Matilda.” Your ears will resonate as he oozes through “Robbins Nest” and a gorgeously schmaltzy “Sonny Boy.” Flaunt it, baby, flaunt it!
Jimmy Forrest came up through the big band ranks and his tasty, swinging tenor echoes this vital experience in the very cavern of his big sound. That strength-with-warmth stands out on “Autumn Leaves,” and the solid blues feeling oozed through on “Soft Winds,” “Most Much,” and “Robbins’ Nest,” contrasting with the cool right-hand solo lines of pianist Hugh Lawson. For variety there is the calypso, “Matilda,” long associated with Harry Belafonte, its rhythm aided here by Ray Barretto’s conga. For a bonus, there are “I Love You” and “Sonny Boy,” recorded on the same date as the others but heretofore issued only on another Forrest album, Soul Street.
with Hugh Lawson, Tommy Potter, Clarence Johnston, Ray Barretto