Booker Little – Out Front

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Out Front is a 1961 album by American jazz trumpeter Booker Little featuring performances recorded and released by the Candid label.

“Booker Little was the first trumpet soloist to emerge in jazz after the death of Clifford Brown to have his own sound. His tragically brief life (he died at age 23 later in 1961) cut short what would have certainly been a major career. Little, on this sextet date with multi-reedist Eric Dolphy, trombonist Julian Priester, and drummer Max Roach, shows that his playing was really beyond bebop. His seven now-obscure originals (several of which deserve to be revived) are challenging for the soloists and there are many strong moments during these consistently challenging and satisfying performances.” – Scott Yanow/AllMusic.

Track listing:
All compositions by Booker Little
“We Speak” – 6:47
“Strength and Sanity” – 6:18
“Quiet Please” – 8:11
“Moods in Free Time” – 5:45
“Man of Words” – 4:52
“Hazy Hues” – 6:42
“A New Day” – 5:31

Booker Little – trumpet
Julian Priester – trombone
Eric Dolphy – alto saxophone, bass clarinet, flute
Don Friedman – piano
Art Davis (tracks 1, 3 & 7), Ron Carter (tracks 2 & 4-6) – bass
Max Roach – drums, timpani, vibraphone


Released: October 1961
Recorded: March 17 & April 4, 1961
Length: 43:33
Label: Candid
Producer: Nat Hentoff