Trombonist Fred Wesley
has spent much of his career either in the R&B groups of James Brown
sidemen but he has long been a closet bebopper. This CD offers several fine examples of Wesley's J.J. Johnson
-inpsired style. Using a superior group of associates (including altoist Maceo Parker
, Karl Denson
on tenor and trumpeter Hugh Ragin
is quite unselfish in delegating solo space. The selections (originals plus "On Green Dolphin Street" and "Moose the Mooche") all fall into the hard bop realm; Teresa Carroll chips in a couple of decent vocals. In general the music is consistently predictable and safe but enjoyable, one of Fred Wesley's
better dates as a leader.