Don Patterson

The Boss Men

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While this is a respectable straight-ahead jazz-with-organ session, it's also so similar to so many other Prestige dates from the mid-'60s -- not to mention the other dates which featured the exact same three players as this LP does -- that it challenges the reviewer to come up with anything new, fresh, and exciting to say about the music. Patterson is aided by Sonny Stitt on alto sax and Billy James on drums. The designation of Patterson as the "leader" seems fairly arbitrary given how similar the sound is to another 1965 session with the same personnel that was issued as the Sonny Stitt LP Night Crawler. It's an even-tempered mix of up-tempo tunes and more meditative ones, the only original being Patterson's "Big C's Rock," which is far by the bluesiest and most riff-driven tune of the bunch. The 2001 CD reissue also includes everything from the Sonny Stitt album Night Crawler, which as noted features the same trio. It also adds two items from Patterson's LP Patterson's People, a 1964 session that -- you guessed it! -- also featured the trio of Patterson, Stitt, and James.

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