Freddie Green seldom led sessions and seldom played lead. Instead, he formed part of the classic rhythm section that gave the Count Basie band its steady pulse. This rare date finds Green with tenor Al Cohn, trumpeter Joe Newman, trombonist Henry Coker, pianist Nat Pierce, bassist Milt Hinton, and either Jo Jones or Osie Johnson on drums. Mr. Rhythm, in fact, will remind many of a good Basie set. The steady drums, bass, and guitar on "Back and Forth" and "Something's Gotta Give" push the music forward, swinging ever so lightly. Nat Pierce's minimalist piano work also owes something to Basie.
One of the strongest albums ever cut by trombonist Urbie Green – a player who had a heck of a lot of talent, but who unfortunately could sometimes end up in some schmaltzy settings. Fortunately, this isn't one of them – as the group includes players like Jimmy Lyon on piano, Oscar Pettiford on bass, Osie Johnson on drums, and Ike Horowitz on tenor – actually a nom-du-date for Al Cohn! The arrangements are tight, but never too much so – and there's a good degree of spirit in both the playing, and the compositions – some of which are by arranger Marion Evans. Titles include "Sneaky Pete", "Sassafras", "Melody In Bb", "How About You", and "Mutation".
Reissue. Features the latest remastering. Includes a Japanese description, lyrics, and bonus track. Features original cover artwork. One of the best (and few) sessions ever cut as a leader by bassist Milt Hinton – a crucially important player on his instrument, and an important force behind countless sessions of his generation! The album's a nicely laidback one – the kind that lets you get to hear Milt's bass work up front in the mix, a good thing, since it could often be buried in larger arrangements on other albums that he's appeared on. The group's a quartet – with Milt on bass, AJ Sciacca (Tony Scott) on clarinet, Dick Katz on piano, and Osie Johnson on drums – and titles include "Pick N Pat", "Katz's Meow", "Upstairs With Milt", "Mean To Me", "Ebony Silhouette", and "Cantus Firmus". Also features a bonus track – "Milt To The Hilt (alt)".