Delightful album by Ernie Henry on the wonderful Riverside label. As far as Ernie Henry albums go, I have this and his debut as a leader, also on Riverside (12-222). He had a special approach to the alto saxophone. An amazing player in my opinion with a truly personal style of playing. Very melodic and lyrical.
The Riverside label is a great source of superb jazz recordings during the second half of the 1950's. I've found that the quality of the pressings and the sound is very nice. The mixes by recording engineer Jack Higgins are fantastic. Like this one. I really like crisp and smooth sound of his work. It's a pleasure to listen to and it's a very relaxed sound that he created. I really like the drum sound for example on this recording. It's just so organic, relaxed and smooth.
This album is quite rare in it's original form with the large blue label with deep groove and no INC. Both this and the other Henry on Riverside that I own are rare. Both of them are very pleasurable. I always take them off the shelf with a smile on my face. I looked for these records for quite a while and owning them now is a great feeling.
This is the first post of 2018. I've maintained this version of the site since the beginning of 2015. Prior to that I had another site about my jazz vinyl collecting. I started that in the summer of 2012. So, a 3 year anniversary of this version of the site has now passed. I'm hoping to add many more nice collectibles here for many years to come. And I'm hoping to keep getting such distinguished guests visiting as well...
I have already acquired the first LP of 2018 a week ago. I will receive it tomorrow. It's a fabulous album. Very rare and in outstanding condition. I'm thrilled to have been able to find it as it has eluded me for many years. To me, the cover is one of the coolest in modern jazz. Stay tuned for that one. I'm looking forward to the rest of 2018 and to see what other rare pieces will make their way into my collection.
Have a great day/evening folks... and remember to check out Ernie Henry if you haven't already. Cheers!