Charlie Rouse & Red Rodney: Social Call


Social Call


Charlie Rouse (tenor sax) and Red Rodney (trumpet)


Social Call (Uptown 2750)

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Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), Red Rodney (trumpet), Albert Dailey (piano), Cecil McBee (bass), Kenny Washington (drums).

Composed by Gigi Gryce. Arranged by Don Sickler


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, N.J., January 21 and 22, 1984


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

How can you go wrong with a hard bop session that stars Thelonious Monkís longtime tenor saxophonist and a former Charlie Parker trumpet man? It might be possible, but Social Call more than meets its high expectations. Bolstered by a seasoned, compatible rhythm section, the two veteran boppers glide through Don Sicklerís arrangement of Gigi Gryceís lyrical up-tempo melody and follow up with gently swinging solos. Pianist Albert Dailey has a chorus of his own before the horn men engage in a series of friendly exchanges.

Reviewer: David Franklin


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