Red Rodney

Alive in New York

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This is the third of three Muse LPs documenting a couple of gigs that the Red Rodney-Ira Sullivan Quintet had at the Village Vanguard in 1980. The five selections on the album (three originals, "Recorda-Me," and a second version of Thelonious Monk's "Let's Cool One") do not sound at all like leftovers and are actually up to the high level of the two previous quintet albums. Trumpeter Rodney, Sullivan (heard here on flute, alto and tenor), the up and coming pianist Garry Dial, bassist Paul Berner and drummer Tom Whaley all sound in inventive form as they take post-bop improvisations. This was a perfect setting for Rodney in particular, and all of the underrated band's six recordings are rewarding.

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