Personnel: Oliver Nelson (saxophone); Joe Newman (trumpet); Hank Jones (piano); George Duvivier (bass); Charlie Persip (drums); Ray Barretto (congas).
Unlike most of Oliver Nelson's recordings, this one has the feel of a jam session. A Prestige set, Nelson (on tenor and alto) teams up with trumpeter Joe Newman (in exciting form), pianist Hank Jones, bassist George Duvivier, drummer Charlie Persip, and Ray Barretto on congas. There are two superior standards ("Mainstem" and "Tangerine") and four of Nelson's more basic originals. The spirited solos of Nelson and Newman are strong reasons to get this colorful session. ~ Scott Yanow