These guys never fail to blow us away – and albums like this have us coming back for more Indigo Jazz Unit again and again over the years! If anything, the group are better musically here than ever – even more jazz-based in their approach, mixing together hard piano-driven lines with massive bass and drums – very similar to Quasimode at points, but with a much darker edge too! As with all their albums, the packaging is quite spare, but the sound is wonderfully rich – and some of the numbers here show a newly lyrical side that only has us loving them more than ever, and really pushing them to the front of our club jazz list.
Other than a set in 1957, this long-out-of-print LP was guitarist Jim Hall's debut as a leader. The 29-year-old Hall was not exactly an unknown name at the time, having played with the Original Chico Hamilton Quintet and the Jimmy Giuffre Three; he was still a year away from joining Sonny Rollins. Subtitled "The Modest Jazz Trio," the band on this date consists of Hall, bassist Red Kelly, and Red Mitchell quite effectively playing piano (he was usually a bassist). The combination works quite well, performing what was essentially straight-ahead jazz. Originally, the unit was only supposed to record the "Good Friday Blues" for a blues anthology album, but the music felt so strong that the trio cut a full album in one day, performing three standards, two Mitchell originals and Bill Harris' "Bill Not Phil."