This Muse LP features a logical combination: veteran bop trumpeter Red Rodney and bop revivalist altoist Richie Cole. With pianist Roland Hanna, bassist Buster Williams and drummer Eddie Gladden offering stimulating support, the frontline is in fine form. It is surprising that the quintet mostly performs newer originals (by Rodney, Hanna, Cole and Bernie Senesky) with just two standards: "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" and Charlie Parker's "Little Suede Shoes" (here mistakenly listed as "Little Red Shoes"). However, the music (which includes such colorful titles as "No Jive Line" and "Ode to a Potato Plant") is largely straight-ahead. An underrated set.
Red, White & Blues Review
by Scott Yanow