This CD reissue adds a previously unreleased version of "My Funny Valentine" to the original four-song program. The swing-based tenor Paul Quinichette is heard with a more modern group of players than usual: trombonist Curtis Fuller, both Sonny Red and John Jenkins on altos, pianist Mal Waldron, bassist Doug Watkins and drummer Ed Thigpen. Waldron's three originals (highlighted by "Cool-Lypso") allow plenty of room for swinging, and Quinichette (who also performs "On the Sunny Side of the Street") sounds comfortable interacting with the younger musicians. An enjoyable and underrated release.
Paul Quinichette Septet
Curtis Fuller (tb -1,2,4,5) Sonny Red (as -1,2,4,5) John Jenkins (as -2/5) Paul Quinichette (ts) Mal Waldron (p) Doug Watkins (b) Ed Thigpen (d)
01 Blue Dots
03 On the Sunny Side of the Street
05 My Funny Valentine