Bassist Doug Watkins is joined by Duke Jordan on piano, Arthur Taylor on drums, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Donald Byrd on trumpet, and Hank Mobley on tenor sax.
Transition was a very small and obscure Jazz label for about two seconds in the mid - Fifties but they did a couple of great Jazz records and Watkins at Large is one of them. This is Watkins on bass as leader of a band consisting of Duke Jordan on piano, Arthur Taylor on drums, Kenny Burrell on Guitar, Donald Byrd on trumpet, and Hank Mobley on tenor sax. Watkins plays a seven foot Italian bass on tunes including his own 'Panonica' and a 13 minute version of Tiomkin's 'Return to Paradise'. According to Tom Wilson who produced the session and wrote the notes, ' Watkins at Large is one of those rare sessions where everyone falls immediately into the groove from the opening minute. The result of such a 'hang-upless' date is freely constructed, intensely personal jazz without pretention or frills.' As always, this 'True MONO' recording was transferred from the original full track Mono master tapes on Classic's ALL TUBE, MONO cutting system - no Mono cut on a stereo lathe here. Pressed on Classic's 200g Super Vinyl Profile and presented with original artwork and eight page booklet provided by Jeff Barr of Jeff Barr Rare records. This is a record that is so impossibly rare that if we didn't reissue it then most people would never know of its existence. We got the tip on this gem from Ron Rambach who has helped Classic over the years to consistently choose winning Jazz titles - Roe Baby this one's for you!
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