Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Digitally remastered from the original tapes. First US reissue since the original 1976 LP release. Deluxe packaging with a 16-page booklet with original liner notes and new essay by jazz journalist Bill Milkowski plus restored artwork, photos and session notes. Supervised by original producer and Xanadu label head Don Schlitten.
Personnel: Charles McPherson (alto saxophone); Jimmy Raney (guitar); Barry Harris (piano); Leroy Williams (drums).
Audio Mixer: Paul Goodman .
Liner Note Authors: Zev Feldman; Bill Milkowski.
Recording information: Nakano Sun Plaza Hall, Tokyo, Japan (04/14/1976).
Director: Don Schlitten.
Photographer: Morty Yoss.
Altoist Charles McPherson, who developed his own sound out of the Charlie Parker style, plays a couple of blues and four standards on this frequently exciting session. With the strong assistance of pianist Barry Harris, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Leroy Williams, McPherson is in top form with the highlights being his feature on "East of the Sun" and a heated "Bouncing with Bud." ~ Scott Yanow