Tenor saxophonist Harold Ashby, best known for his work with Duke Ellington in the late ’60s to mid ’70s, leads a quartet here with pianist John Hicks, bassist Keeter Betts, and drummer Jimmy Cobb. Ashby’s heard to best advantage on ballads and moderate tempoed tunes, displaying his full, breathy tone; he’s quite reminiscent of Ben Webster. On the faster selections, such as “Stampash”, he sounds shaky. He’s contributed some attractive originals, including “Reminiscing” and “Just for You,” to the date, though.
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