JAZZ ALBUMS RECORDED:

Ernie Henry - Presenting Ernie Henry (1956)
Track Listing:
1. Gone With the Wind
2. Orient
3. Free Flight
4. Checkmate
5. Active Ingredients
6. I Should Care
7. Cleo’s Chant

Review by Scott Yanow at Allmusic:
Altoist Ernie Henry's first of three sessions as a leader, all of which were made within 16 months of his premature death, served as a strong debut. Joined by trumpeter Kenny Dorham, pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Wilbur Ware and drummer Art Taylor, Henry -- who always had a distinctive tone -- performs five of his boppish originals, plus "Gone With the Wind" and "I Should Care." Throughout the date, Henry hints strongly at the great potential he had. This set has thus far only been reissued by the OJC series on LP.

McCoy Tyner – Expansions (1968)
Track Listing:
1. Vision
2. Song of Happiness
3. Smitty’s Place
4. Peresina
5. I Thought I’d Let You Know

Review by Scott Yanow at Allmusic:
Of pianist McCoy Tyner's seven Blue Note albums of the 1967-1970 period,
Expansions is the most definitive. Tyner's group (comprised of trumpeter Woody Shaw, altoist Gary Bartz, tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter on cello, bassist Herbie Lewis, and drummer Freddie Waits) is particularly strong, the compositions (four Tyner originals plus Calvin Massey's "I Thought I'd Let You Know") are challenging, and the musicians seem quite inspired by each other's presence. The stimulating music falls between advanced hard bop and the avant-garde, pushing and pulling at the boundaries of modern mainstream jazz.
 


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