Quincy Jones: King Road Blues


Kings Road Blues


Quincy Jones


This Is How I Feel About Jazz / Go West, Man! (Phantom Imports LHJ10273)

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Benny Carter (alto sax), Art Pepper (alto sax), Herb Geller (alto sax), Charlie Mariano (alto sax), Lou Levy (piano), Red Mitchell (bass), Shelly Manne (drums).

Recorded: Los Angeles, February 25, 1957


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

The original Go West, Man! featured Quincy Jones-managed recording sessions by four trumpets and rhythm, four alto saxophones and rhythm, and three tenor saxes and a bari sax with rhythm. Lennie Niehaus’s “Kings Road Blues” offers, in addition to its inherent merit as a swinging, funky frolic, a rare opportunity to compare and contrast the styles of all-time great Benny Carter and three of the period’s leading West Coast-based altoists.

Reviewer: David Franklin


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