Quartet West has a lot of that sound but is a more typical bop production. It is very lyrical and romantic. If you're in a mood for being in a mood, this is your soundtrack. I am playing three cuts. "Hermitage," seems to remind me of Herbie Hancock somehow; not the piano work so much, but the feel of the song. "The Blessing," an Ornette Coleman composition, hardens the bop by several notches on the dial. "Bay City," is one of those big romantic indulgences that hard bop jazz men employ to remind you of why it is good to have a heart. Don't let your collection go without this one. Here is the lineup:
- Charlie Haden (bass)
- Ernie Watts (tenor, soprano, and alto saxophone)
- Alan Broadbent (piano)
- Billy Higgins (drums)
Recorded on July 7, 1986, at Sysmo Studio in Paris, it is the only recorded output of the aggregation that included alto saxophonist Sonny Fortune, tenor saxophonist Billy Harper, Stanley Cowell at the piano, bassist Reggie Workman, and drummer Billy Hart.This is a very fine hard bop document. You don't want to be without it. I am playing 'Equipoise,' 'Thoughts' and 'Cal Massey'.