Trombonist Julian Priester (b. 1935) and tenor saxophonist Walter Benton (b. 1930) gained a measure of prominence during the post-bop 1950s as front-line soloists in major jazz groups. Though both men established themselves in their native cities (Priester in Chicago, Benton in Los Angeles), each eventually gravitated to New York to work with the great drummer Max Roach. And in 1960, both recorded their debut LPs. Priester's Spiritsville, made in July and featuring Benton, was, however, his second date as a leader; Benton's Out of This World resulted from two September sessions. Both LPs, originally on Jazzland, spotlighted high-level hard bop, Benton's writing (he's responsible for seven of the 13 tunes herein), an aggregation of lively soloists (including a young Freddie Hubbard), and rhythm sections keyed by two of jazz's foremost pianists, McCoy Tyner and Wynton Kelly. Though Benton has dropped from sight, Priester continues to record under his own name and has contributed significantly to, among others, Dave Holland's outstanding group.
with Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, Charlie Davis, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Freddie Hubbard, Sam Jones, Wynton Kelly, Arthur Taylor, McCoy Tyner