Personnel: Al Cohn, Scott Hamilton (tenor saxophone); Marky Markowitz (flugelhorn); John Bunch (piano); Butch Miles (drums).
Audio Mixer: David Stocker .
Liner Note Author: Alfred D. Ticoalu.
Recording information: Mastertone Recording Studios, New York City, NY (1977).
Editor: David Stocker .
Photographer: Tom Weihs.
Drummer Butch Miles' recording debut as a leader was his first of five Famous Door releases. Miles leads an all-star mainstream sextet also including both Scott Hamilton (during his brief pre-Concord days) and Al Cohn on tenors, flugelhornist Marky Markowitz, pianist John Bunch, and bassist Milt Hinton. Equally influenced by Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa, Miles gets in a few good spots, but mostly lets his top-notch sidemen blow. With the exception of the spontaneous "For the Boss," the repertoire is comprised of material from the swing era, including "Cherokee," "The King" (originally a feature for Illinois Jacquet with Count Basie's Orchestra in the mid-40s) and "Broadway." An excellent set with a jam session feel, this LP from the defunct Famous Door label will be difficult to find. ~ Scott Yanow