Bill Jennings

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Jennings leads a relaxed quartet which includes Jack McDuff (organ), Wendell Marshall (bass), and Alvin Johnson (drums) on this 1959 session. Jennings shows off the bluesy tone that made him a favorite of B.B. King on his composition "Tough Gain" and the group-penned "Blue Jam," but aside from these, most of the tracks are slow-to-midtempo shuffles -- edifying yet not exciting. On "Dark Eyes" Jennings varies the pace in a more arresting fashion than usual, playing sleepy lines with a crying tone to achieve a near slide-effect before the tempo abruptly doubles and the tune drops into a bop groove in its last half. At times McDuff is almost an equal partner on the date; he assumes the lead instrument role on "It Could Happen to You." The entire album is available on Prestige's expanded CD reissue of the 1960 LP Glide On (which also features McDuff), pairing both records onto one disc.

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