This 1991 budget CD compilation has music left over from the sessions for McCoy Tyner's Blue Bossa, which featured trumpeter and fluegelhornist Claudio Roditi, and a set by Sir Roland Hanna, with tenor saxophonist Bill Easley. Two of the three tracks by Tyner were written by Roditi, neither of which is memorable, along with a terrific version of Freddie Hubbard's waltzing "Up Jumped Spring" (strangely mislabeled "Up, Jump, Spring"); it's surprising that Roditi was omitted from this selection. With the exception of this track, this music clearly deserved to be withheld from Blue Bossa. The music recorded by Sir Roland Hanna's quartet primarily consists of rather run-of-the-mill compositions by the leader or Jon Burr (his bassist of the date), although the arrangement of Charles McPherson's "Manhattan Nocturne" showcases Easley's lyrical flute. But that is not enough to make the purchase of this inexpensive CD a high priority for most jazz fans.
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AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden