Red Rodney

Modern Music from Chicago

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Trumpeter Red Rodney first met up with multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan on records back in 1955; they would form a regular group together 25 years later. This Fantasy date, reissued in the OJC series on LP but not yet on CD, finds Rodney joined by Sullivan (doubling on tenor and trumpet), pianist Norman Simmons, bassist Victor Sproles and drummer Roy Haynes. Six of the songs are originals (five by Simmons, who was responsible for all of the arrangements) and they are very much in the modern bop mainstream of the time. In addition, there are six standards including "Rhythm in a Riff" which has a rare Rodney vocal. A fine straight-ahead date.