Reference: FSRCD 5013
Bar code: 7619936050138
01. Patterns (Lennie Niehaus) 4:40
02. Polka Dots And Moonbeams (Johnny Burke-Jimmy Van Heusen) 6:06
03. But Not For Me (George & Ira Gerhwin) 6:34
04. He Ain't Got Rhythm (Berlin) 5:40
05. A Little Bird Told Me (Niehaus) 6:17
06. Malibu Perty (Niehaus) 5:42
07. Metamorphosis (Niehaus) 5:26
08. Bird On The Wing (Niehaus) 3:48
09. Who Wouldn't (Niehaus) 5:41
10. One For Red (Niehaus) 8:24
Total time: 58:18 min.
Lennie Niehaus (alto sax), Bill Perkins (tenor sax, soprano sax, baritone sax, bass clarinet), Frank Strazzeri (piano), Tom Warrington (bass), Joe LaBarbera (drums).
Recorded at Sage & Sound Studio, Hollywood, August 2 & 3, 1989
Recording engineer: Jim Mooney
Assistant engineer: Don Mooney
Liner notes by Bill Perkins
Photography: William Claxton
Producer: Lennie Niehaus
Produced for release by Jordi Pujol
"Lennie Niehaus, an excellent 1950s bop altoist, became so busy with arranging that he largely stopped playing in the early '60s. More than a quarter-century later, he made this "comeback" record, playing alto in a quintet also including Bill Perkins (on tenor, soprano, baritone and bass clarinet), pianist Frank Strazzeri, bassist Tom Warrington and drummer Joe LaBarbera. Niehaus had not declined one bit, and his playing throughout is quite exuberant. The group performs seven Niehaus originals, most of which are based on fairly common chord changes, plus three standards: "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," "But Not for Me" and the obscure "He Ain't Got Rhythm." Niehaus the arranger is not absent either; every song has colorful frameworks despite this being a quintet outing. Niehaus is backed only by Perkins' bass clarinet on parts of "But Not For Me"; arranged ensembles alternate with all-out jams; there are constant surprises in the solo order and length of the improvisations. Highly recommended to straight-ahead jazz fans, this is one of the strongest outings from Lennie Niehaus' playing career."
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide