Personnel: Joe Gordon (trumpet); Jimmy Woods (alto saxophone); Dick Whittington (piano).
Recorded at Contemporary's studio, Los Angeles on July 11, 12 and 18, 1961.
Joe Gordon did not live long, only making it to 35. His second of two recordings as a leader (originally released by Contemporary) finds him on the verge of leading his own group. Gordon wrote all eight of the selections and is joined by adventurous but obscure altoist Jimmy Woods, pianist Dick Whittington, bassist Jimmy Bond, and drummer Milt Turner. Although the solos are generally more memorable than the tunes, this is an excellent effort that hints at what might have been had Joe Gordon lived. ~ Scott Yanow