The LP that launched the V.S.O.P. label is a reissue of a real rarity by the obscure but talented tenor J.R. Monterose, originally cut for Studio 4. With good backing from pianist Dale Oehler, bassist Gary Allen and drummer Joe Abodeely, Monterose displays a unique tone and the ability to play creatively within the advanced hard bop idiom. Considering how well he plays on this set (which has not yet been reissued on CD), it is surprising to realize that this was one of only two sessions (with the other set being even less known) led by J.R. Monterose during a 20-year period. Worth a search.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow