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Message from Walton Street

  • 1. Old Images
    2. No Land's Man
    3. Aon
    4. Jerry Lee
    5. Is-It
    6. On the Show
    7. Jean's Jeans
    8. Old Images - (alternate take, alternate take 4)
    9. No Man's Man - (single version)
    10. No Man's Land - (alternate take, alternate take 6)
    11. Aon - (alternate take, alternate take 3)
    12. Jerry Lee - (alternate take, alternate take 1)
    13. Is-It - (alternate take, alternate take 1)
    14. On the Show - (alternate take, alternate take 3)
    15. Jean's Jeans - (alternate take, alternate take 1)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8558

  • Credits

    "MJT" stands for the "Modern Jazz Two" consisting of Walter Perkins and Bob Cranshaw.
    MJT + 3: Frank Strozier (alto saxophone); Willie Thomas (trumpet); Harold Mabern (piano); Bob Cranshaw (bass); Walter Perkins (drums).
    Producer: Sid McCoy.
    Reissue producer: Donald Elfman, Naomi Yoshii.
    Recorded at Universal Recorders Studio "A", Chicago, Illinois on October 20, 1960. Originally released on Vee Jay LP (3014). Includes liner notes by Joel Forrester.
    All tracks have been digitally remastered using 24-bit technology.
    Recording information: Universal Studio "A", Chicago, IL (10/20/1960).
    Editor: Rosalind Ilett.
    MJT + 3 was a fine hard bop quintet based in Chicago and led by drummer Walter Perkins. The music on this CD went unreleased for 40 years until the Koch label got ahold of it. Comprised of seven selections and eight alternate takes ("No Man's Land" is heard three times while everything else is played twice), the music was certainly good enough to be released during the era. Altoist Frank Strozier is usually the solo star, although there are good spots for trumpeter Willie Thomas and pianist Harold Mabern, with bassist Bob Cranshaw and Perkins sounding stimulating in support. The music swings and, although it hints occasionally at the upcoming free jazz movement, it primarily fits into the hard bop mainstream of 1960. Fortunately, the second takes are separated from the preferred versions, so it is like listening to two different versions of the same album rather than having to hear multiple versions of the same song back-to-back. Well worth exploring. ~ Scott Yanow

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