At the end of 1955, Sonny Rollins replaced Harold Land as the saxophonist in the Brown-Roach quintet. Rollin’s style proved a perfect fit for the group’s equilibry betwen fast and slow tunes...
Great work from John Lee and Gerry Brown – a pair of fusion stalwarts who added key help to a number of classic 70s sessions for other artists – and got to make a rare few albums like this on their own! Lee's on bass and Brown's on drums, and the pair are in perfect time throughout – working with Skip Drinkwater production, which helps them find even more focus than before, and shake off some of the more jamming aspects of their rock-fusion performances with others – a move that helps them come up with a wonderfully soulful sound in the process – very much in the best Drinkwater soul jazz style of the time!
Pianist, composer, teacher, band leader and arranger, Donald Brown is a beam of bright talent on today’s jazz scene. His lyrical, original music has found favor among many masterful contemporary players. His recordings on Sunnyside (“Early Bird”, 1987), Jazz City (“The Sweetest Sounds”, 1988) and Muse (“Sources of Inspiration”-1989, “People Music” - 1990, “Cause and Effect” - 1991, “Send One of Your Love” - 1993 and “Car Tunes” -1995) are models of power, tact, taste and innovative beauty.
One of many fine alumni of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers to develop into leading bands of his own, Donald Brown has also been very successful as a composer, arranger, and pianist. Since the end of his association with the now defunct Muse, Brown has recorded a series of exciting sessions for the French-owned Space Time, including these 1995 outings. The exciting opener, "Shadow Chasers," is an uptempo romp mixing hard bop, post-bop, and a Latin tinge as well, with terrific solos by trumpeter Bill Mobley, alto saxophonist Manny Boyd, soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome, and the leader.