Cannonball Adderley really hit paydirt on his fourth project as a studio producer. The alto star not only found two jazz-playing brothers in trumpeter Chuck and pianist Gap Mangione, he also discovered a sextet staffed by more future jazz presences. These were the young lions of 1960, hailing primarily from upstate New York, who had assembled in the fertile playing and learning environment of Rochester and its Eastman School of Music. The Mangiones shared leading and writing duties, with support from soon-famous sidemen like drummer Roy McCurdy (a member of Adderley's quintet later in the Sixties) and tenor saxophonist Sal Nistico (soon featured in Woody Herman's Herd) plus the less familiar Larry Combs (who wrote the Dameronian "Nemesis") and Bill Saunders. Reflecting the range of influences in the modern jazz air, the band creates a program that spells out each member's musical foundations.
Chuck Mangione, Larry Combs, Sal Nistico, Gap Mangione, Bill Saunders, Roy McCurdy