Bobby Watson

The Inventor

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Altoist Bobby Watson's group Horizon was starting to solidify at the time of this Blue Note recording. Most selections feature Watson with trumpeter Melton Mustafa, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Carroll Dashiell and drummer Victor Lewis; pianist Benny Green, up-and-coming tenor Willie Williams and percussionist Don Alias are guests on a few numbers. The band (playing in a hard bop style but without merely recreating the past) performs six Watson originals, two by Lewis plus one from Mustafa. The music swings hard but is never overly predictable; an easily recommended set.

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