Thursday, October 28, 2010

MJT + 3

In 1957, drummer Walter Perkins formed a quintet, the MJT + 3, that recorded four albums before breaking up in 1962. This CD reissue has the second record, and the first with the group's most famous lineup of trumpeter Willie Thomas, altoist Frank Strozier, pianist Harold Mabern, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and the leader on drums. The original five selections are joined by an alternate take and two shorter singles versions of songs. Mabern and Strozier contributed originals, and the group also performs Ray Bryant's "Sleepy" and "The Whiffenpoof Song." The band's style is not all that unusual, essentially hard bop, but it was well played and the group had its own sound. A fine example of MJT + 3's work.
Scott Yanow
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Walter Perkins
MJT + 3


1 Branching Out (Mabern) 6:55
2 Lil' Abner (Thomas) 4:09
3 Don't Ever Throw My Love Away (Strozier) 9:07
4 Raggity Man (Thomas) 6:27
5 To Sheila (Strozier) 4:56
6 Love for Sale (Porter) 3:56
7 Brother Spike (Maber) 7:28
8 Whiffenpoof Song (Galloway, Minnigerode, Pomeroy) 2:36

Willie Thomas - tp
Frank Strozier - as
Harold Mabern - p
Bob Cranshaw - b
Walter Perkins - dr

Recorded at Universal Recorders, Chicago ; May 12, 1960


Melanchthon said...

Orbyt said...

Surprised I haven't heard this session, many thanks Mel.

mikebust said...


Otis Foster said...

Interesting line-up. Thanks Mel - will listen to it tonite.

Kovina Kris said...

New to me too. Thank you!

bobbysu said...

thank you so much

william irvin said...

Please repost it would be greatly appreciated