Reference: BMCD 1602
Bar code: 8427328016025
01. Batter Up 5:32
02. Come Out Swingin' 4:57
03. Odd Man Out 4:40
04. Bull Pen 4:18
05. Hold In There 8:47
06. Miss Minor 4:50
Total time: 33:12 min.
All compositions & arrangements by Don Bagley
Originally issued on Regent Records as MG 6061
Phil Woods (alto sax); Eddie Costa (piano & vibes); Sal Salvador (guitar); Don Bagley (bass); Charles Persip (drums).
Recorded at Van Gelder's Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, May 1958
Sound engineer: Rudy Van Gelder
Cover photo: Dave Green
Album design: Levy A. Agency
Produced by Ozzie Cadena
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
"Don Bagley was better known as a sideman than a leader during the 1950s, touring with Stan Kenton and recording with the likes of Nat King Cole and Dexter Gordon. This is the second of just three records the bassist made as a leader, with a lineup of rising young stars including Phil Woods, Eddie Costa, Sal Salvador, and Charles Persip. All six tracks are originals by Bagley, starting with the perky "Batter Up." The leader and the drummer set up the exotic groove to "Come Out Swingin'," which features a superb solo by Woods. "Odd Man Out" spotlights Bagley, with some delicate background accompaniment by Costa on piano. Costa switches to vibes for the driving bop vehicle "Bull Pen" and the playful "Hold in There." Originally recorded for Regent and reissued by Savoy on LP, this album finally reappeared in 1999 as a CD on the Spanish Blue Moon label."
Ken Dryden -All Music Guide