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Review Text It's unusual for someone to wait until he is in his forties to record his first date as a leader, but tenor saxophonist Les Arbuckle's postponed debut is worth the wait. This 1993 session finds the veteran educator accompanied by two very familiar names: pianist Kenny Barron (seemingly nearly everyone's first-call pianist during the 1990s) and bassist Cecil McBee, along with drummer John Ramsay, a friend when both were teaching at Berklee during the 1970s. While post-bop dominates the CD, there are variations. The mournful dirge-like opening duet with McBee's arco bass in "Prelude and Groove" segues into the street-parade-like funk of the main body of the piece, while the brisk treatment of Mal Waldron's great ballad "Soul Eyes" blends hard bop with a Latin-flavored rhythm. Other highlights include his hard-blowing interpretation of Cole Porter's "It's Alright With Me" and the leader's loping late-night blues "Emily's Hot Bath." ~ Ken Dryden

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Prelude and Groove 1st - 1:13
  2. 2. Prelude and Groove 2nd - 7:04
  3. 3. No More No Les - 5:58
  4. 4. Black and White - 7:23
  5. 5. It's All Right With Me - 8:36
  6. 6. Emily's Hot Bath - 7:58
  7. 7. Real Surf Music - 7:32
  8. 8. Blues Ridge - 6:35
  9. 9. Soul Eyes - 6:48
  10. 10. Evie - 3:25

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