This fascinating version of the Duke/Gershwin standard is a somewhat rare departure from the classic hard-bop grooves that dominated the Jazz Messengers catalog. An inspired introduction featuring Cables on electric piano, Clarke on acoustic bass, and Shaw on trumpet is smooth and enjoyable. The most noteworthy aspect of this track, however, is Blakey's experimentation. He enters with a "Freedom Jazz Dance"-inspired Tony Williams groove at a faster tempo than the introduction, moves to a classic two-beat feel, and then slides into the signature Blakey groove. It is interesting to hear, but I would guess that Woody Shaw was (initially) a bit ill at ease. An atypical yet ultimately worthwhile performance.
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