Courtney Pine ‎– Journey To The Urge Within

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Journey to the Urge Within is the debut album by English saxophonist Courtney Pine. It was released on the Verve label in 1986.

AllMusic awarded the album with 4 stars and its review by Scott Yanow states: “This early Courtney Pine recording (the tenor saxophonist was 22 at the time) features some of the most promising black English jazz musicians of the time, including Pine (who also plays some bass clarinet and soprano), singer Cleveland Watkiss (who often is reminiscent of Bobby McFerrin), vibraphonist Orphy Robinson, and pianist Julian Joseph.”

The album went on to reach number 39 on the UK Albums Chart and earned a silver disc (over 250,000 copies sold), which was unprecedented at the time for a British jazz recording.

Track listing:
All compositions by Courtney Pine except where noted.

“Miss Interpret” – 4:15
“I Believe” – 4:36
“Peace” (Horace Silver) – 5:20
“Dolores” (Wayne Shorter) – 3:29
“As We Would Say” – 3:19
“Children of the Ghetto” featuring Susaye Greene (Chris Amoo, Eddie Amoo) – 7:02
“When, Where, How and Why” – 5:20
“C.G.C.” – 3:31
“Seen” – 4:28
“Sunday Song” – 1:27
“E.F.P.” – 3:45
“Big Nick” (John Coltrane) – 4:35

Courtney Pine – tenor saxophone on tracks 3, 6, 7 and 9, soprano saxophone on tracks 1, 2, 4 and 10, Leblanc bass clarinet on tracks 5 and 8
Ray Carless – baritone saxophone on tracks 1 and 7
Kevin Robinson – trumpet on tracks 5,7
Julian Joseph – piano on tracks 1–4, 6, 7, 9 and 10
Roy Carter – producer and keyboards on “Children of the Ghetto”
Orphy Robinson – vibraphone on tracks 1 and 7
Martin Taylor – guitar on “Children of the Ghetto”
Gary Crosby – bass guitar
Mark Mondesir – drums on tracks 1–7 and 9
Ian Mussington – percussion on “Children of the Ghetto”
Susaye Greene – vocals on “Children of the Ghetto”
Cleveland Watkiss – vocals on tracks 1, 7 and 8


Released: 1986
Recorded: 21–23 July 1986; except “Children of the Ghetto” 27 August 1986
Studio: Angel Studios, Islington, London; except “Children of the Ghetto” Power Plant Studios, Willesden, London
Length: 43:44
Label: Verve
Producer: Michael Cuscuna