Although organist Don Patterson is the leader of this set that in 1998 was reissued on a CD, the quintet date is most notable for the playing of trumpeter Howard McGhee. McGhee, who had not been heard from much on record for a few years, proves to still be in prime form. Altoist Charles McPherson, the young guitarist Pat Martino and drummer Billy James complete the group. The repertoire is particularly strong with two McGhee originals (including the memorable and haunting "Island Fantasy"), "Epistrophy," "Now's The Time" and a trumpet feature on "Donna Lee." Highly recommended. (Scott Yanow)
1. Pisces Soul
2. Donna Lee
3. Island Fantasy
5. Now's the Time
Don Patterson (Hammond B-3 organ); Charles McPerson (alto saxophone, except #2); Howard McGhee (trumpet); Pat Martino (guitar); Billy James (drums).
Recorded in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, on February 22, 1968.