Reference: VJ 002 CD
Bar code: 8427328410021
01. Branching Out (Harold Mabern) 6:58
02. Lil' Abner (Willie Thomas) 4:10
03. Don't Ever Throw My Love Away (Frank Strozier) 9:05
04. Raggity Man (Willie Thomas) 6:25
05. To Sheila (Frank Strozier) 4:53
06. Love For Sale (Cole Porter) 3:56
Total time: 35:44 min.
All tracks originally issued as Vee Jay SR 3014
Willie Thomas (trumpet), Frank Strozier (alto sax), Harold Mabern (piano), Bob Cranshaw (bass), Walter Perkins (drums).
Recorded at Universal Recorders, Chicago, on May 12, 1960
Original recordings supervised by Sid McCoy
Liner notes: Ira Gitler
Compiled & reissued by Jordi Pujol
Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
In 1957, drummer Walter Perkins formed a quintet, the MJT+3, that recorded four albums before breaking up in 1962. This CD reissue has the second record, and the first with the group's most famous line-up of trumpeter Willie Thomas, altoist Frank Strozier, pianist Harold Mabern, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and the leader on drums [...]
Mabern and Strozier contributed originals. The band's style is not all that unusual, essentially hard bop, but it was well played and the group had its own sound. A fine example of MJT+3's work.
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide
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