This is a wonderful relaxed recording between two great tenor saxophonists who displayed widely different styles. John Coltrane is here on this date done in May 1957 in his first full maturity and he displays a concept and confidence that caused musicians and critics to declare him to be the newest important voice on the tenor saxophone. Paul Quinichette was ten years older than Coltrane and was the most direct descendant of the saxophone style of Lester Young. Quinichette was called the "Vice-Pres" for a very good reason. Coltrane and Quinichette were good buddies and Mr. Coltrane learned many a trick from Paul. Quinichette was equally at home in a Basie setting and in more modern contexts. Coltrane and Quinichette exchange ideas and trade phrases over five good selections including 3 original compositions written specifically for this date by pianist Mal Waldron who appears here. Bassist Julian Euell and drummer Ed Thigpen complete the rhythm section.The real charm of this session is hearing two very individual and distinctive voices on the tenor saxophone. Individuality today is sadly lacking in today's younger players although their overall musicianship may be better than ever....the essence of Jazz is still to develop one's own voice. There was no mistaking the voices of John Coltrane and Paul Quinichette. Check out Cattin'!
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