Get into it.
jazzfanmn | St Cloud, MN United States | 07/06/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This cd will be remebered by this listener as the one that turned me onto Sam Rivers. Cut in 1964, the session personnel includes Lary Young on organ, Grant Green on guitar, Elvin Jones on drums, and Sam Rivers on tenor saxophone. Overall the music on this cd is superb, without a throw away recording each of these tracks has the musicans turning in outstanding performances. Standout moments are difficult to choose from, but River's note bending solo on "Plaza De Toros" caused me to listen to the track numerous times my first time though. Not as energetic or as highly regarded as "Unity" this is a superior set of music that I recommend to fans of that disc or of the artists involved."
Young went his own way
Anders Jonasson | Bankeryd Sweden | 12/04/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"At first you think that you hear Larry Goldings...but when listening carefully..one can hear that the B3 sound is slightly lighter and does not have the same "punch" as Goldings.. but the modal licks sounds familiar.
Larry Young was just a fantastic B3 player that went his own way.. already here in 1964 he played very different from anyone else.Sam Rivers plays beautiful at times and at othertimes his playing is "outside" but it fits well with the music. Rivers is a gifted composer.. as a musician I have played some of his songs myself, that is the only thing I miss here one or two compositions by Rivers. Elvin Jones are the perfect drummer for this kind of music.. and Green does a nice job as always.
All songs are more or less highlights... but I in paricular like the joyful mode on Youngs compositions "Ritha" and Paris Eyes"
As a Green fan....I do not think that Green ever played better than what he did in the company of Larry Young."
Christopher Covais | ny | 04/23/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album has some pretty good compositions by organist Larry Young, and guitarist Grant Green. The first song just soothes you with its lightly swingin', but groovin' solos. The next tune, Plaza De Tores, is cool, and so are the rest. One factor I did not like of this album was that Elvin Jones didn't get any drum solos. When I first got this album, I didn't know who Sam Rivers was, and now, I still barely ever hear of him, but his contribution to this album is wonderful. This recording prooved that Young was a good songwriter and improviser. The group pulls it off well without a bass player too. Any jazz fan can't go wrong with this album. It is not free or Avant Garde, just swingin' jazz. I've yet to get Young's Unity album, and from what I've heard, it's different, but If Young plays the same, I'm sure to love it. This is just another great swingin' Blue Note album, and can be compared to others such as Sidewinder, Blue Train, and The Real McCoy!"