This album, recorded in 1988, was Herring’s debut as a leader. His debt to the late Cannonball Adderley is not as pronounced here as on subsequent albums. In fact, his alto playing sometimes exhibits a “possession” reminiscent of Sonny Fortune and John Coltrane. This is especially true on “Elation,” a fast-paced original, and on a blistering “What Is This Thing Called Love.”
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