After displaying his prowess as a trio and solo pianist on earlier Riverside albums, Barry Harris assembled a quintet for this 1961 session. The music serves as something of a manifesto, in which Harris announces an intention to serve as a primary keeper of the bebop flame, a mantle that he continues to wear four decades later. The quintet delivers its own personal slant, fueled by the energy of drummer Clifford Jarvis and the fluid inventions of trumpeter Lonnie Hillyer and alto saxophonist Charles McPherson. The hornmen were two of the many young Detroit modernists who were Harris protŽgŽs, and their playing reflects an uncommon command of both the hard-swinging and lyrical elements of the bop revolution. Both horn men and the pianist continued to work together, as on the 1966 McPherson recording Live at the Five Spot (Prestige 24135).
with Lonnie Hillyer, Charles McPherson, Barry Harris, Ernie Farrow, Clifford Jarvis