After more than a decade away from the jazz limelight, drummer extraordinaire Philly Joe Jones resurfaced in 1977. After touring and recording with two of his favorite pianists, Bill Evans and Red Garland, Jones taped this well-titled program of prime cuts with a Grade-A rhythm section and three equally choice front-line guests. Three tracks, including the leader's feature "Jim's Jewel" and bassist Ron Carter's "United Blues," pair Florida native Nat Adderley and Florida resident Ira Sullivan for some strong blowing. To add even more history plus an international flavor, Dexter Gordon, recently returned to the U.S. from Europe and enjoying his own resurgence, blows on the intriguing Benny Bailey composition "Neptunis" and the classic ballad "Polka Dots and Moonbeams." The obvious affinity between Gordon and his regular pianist of the time, George Cables, is shared by their ever-supportive, ever-dynamic host.
with Nat Adderley, Ira Sullivan, Dexter Gordon, George Cables, Ron Carter