This album contains a fine straight-ahead set featuring tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse
(who had long had an immediately recognizable tone) in a quartet with pianist Hugh Lawson
, bassist Bob Cranshaw
and drummer Ben Riley
. Other than Thelonious Monk's
"Well You Needn't" and Thad Jones'
"A Child Is Born," the material is somewhat obscure (originals by Rouse
and Shirley Scott
) and generally a bit complex, but always swinging. A fine effort.