On this release, the first in which Redd's sessions dominate the track order, he exhibits little of the fiery Bud Powell influence that will later mark his material for Blue Note. Originally released as a 10" LP, these four songs do not vary a great deal, aren't particularly memorable, but are certainly enjoyable throughout. The rapidfire lines and percussive left hand that many know from later and better-known LPs like Shades of Redd or The Connection (both of which feature the great alto saxophonist Jackie McLean) are almost non-existent on these early tracks. Instead, Redd's playing sounds a great deal like that of Red Garland or perhaps Tommy Flanagan. Three of the four tracks on this record are either mid-tempo numbers or bittersweet ballads. Only "Ready Freddie" hints at the treasures to be dealt later on his excellent and highly recommended Blue Note sets.
AllMusic Review by Brandon Burke
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