Cecil Payne Quartet – Casbah {Stash}

Cecil Payne Quartet – Casbah {Stash}

Bop, Hard Bop, Baritone Saxophone

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

This excellent effort is slightly unusual in that baritonist Cecil Payne (who doubles a bit on flute) is joined by a pianoless(?) and drumless rhythm section (pianist Richard Wyands, guitarist Joe Carter and bassist Stafford James). The intimate setting suits Payne well, who is in top form on such numbers as Tadd Dameron’s “Casbah,” a song dedicated to Harry Carney (simply called “Carney”), Benny Carter’s “A Walkin’ Thing” and Payne’s “Bosco.” Cecil Payne remains one of the most underrated baritonists of the bop era; this small-label LP is a fine example of his talents.

01. Casbah (6:56)
02. Carney (6:55)
03. Wave (8:19)
04. A Walkin’ Thing (5:53)
05. Time after Time (3:37)
06. How Deep is the Ocean (5:50)
07. Bosco (5:56)

Cecil Payne – baritone saxophone, flute
Richard Wyands – piano
Joe Carter – guitar
Stafford James – bass

Producer: Louis Victor Mialy
Executive Producer for Stash Records: Bernard Brightman
Executive Producer for Empathy Records: Joe Carter
Recorded February 27, 1985 at 39th Street Music Studio in New York City
Recording Engineer: Richard Kaye
Liner Notes: Francois Postif
Cover Painting: Jon Mazur

1993, Stash Records

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