JazzTimes (5/96, p.86) - "The velvety toned, technically surefooted trumpet of former Ellingtonian and studio session veteran Coles is centerstage throughout this April 1961 debut leader date...but of almost equal interest is the piano playing of Kenny Drew and his replacement on two of the eight tracks: Randy Weston..."
Johnny Coles Quartet: Johnny Coles (trumpet); Kenny Drew (piano); Peck Morrison (bass); Charlie Persip (drums).
Additional personnel: Randy Weston (piano).
Recorded at CBS 30th St. Studios, New York, New York on April 10 & 13, 1961.
Originally released on Epic (16015).
Trumpeter Johnny Coles, best-known for his association with Charles Mingus in 1964, made his recording debut as a leader on this Epic session which was reissued on CD in 1995 by Koch. A bop-based trumpeter with a lyrical sound of his own, Coles is showcased here with an excellent quartet (Kenny Drew or Randy Weston on piano, bassist Peck Morrison and drummer Charlie Persip). He is in top form on a pair of standards (including "If I Should Lose You"), his own blues "Room 3" and four Weston originals; the reissue adds an alternate take of "Hi-Fly" to the original program. A fine outing. ~ Scott Yanow
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