Monday, November 21, 2011

Frank Morgan All Stars - Reflections (1992)

Frank Morgan All Stars - Reflections (1992)
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Genre ~ Hard-Bop, Saxophone | Label ~ Contemporary Records

Altoist Frank Morgan leads an all-star group on this excellent hard bop set. With tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Al Foster also in the sextet, it is not surprising that Morgan sounds a bit inspired. The musicians all play up to their usual level, performing "Caravan" (which was added to the CD version) and Sonny Rollins' "Sonnymoon for Two," plus a song apiece by Thelonious Monk ("Reflections"), Miller, Hutcherson, Henderson and Carter. Recommended. ~Allmusic

01. Old Bowl, New Grits (7:38)
02. Reflections (7:16)
03. Starting Over (6:13)
04. Black Narcissus (6:52)
05. Sonnymoon for Two (9:10)
06. O.K. (6:15)
07. Caravan (9:12)

Frank Morgan - alto saxophone
Joe Henderson - tenor saxophone
Bobby Hutcherson - vibes
Mulgrew Miller - piano
Ron Carter - bass
Al Foster - drums

Produced by Orrin Keepnews
Recorded (January 11-12, 1988), mixed, and mastered at Fantasy Studios
Mixed to two track digital using the Mitsubishi X-80 tape recorder
Recording and Remix Engineer: Danny Kopelson
Mastering: George Horn (Fantasy Studios, Berkeley)
Art Direction: Phil Carroll
Cover Design: Jamie Putnam
Photography: Phil Bray
Liner notes by Orrin Keepnews