Underrated drummer’s 1965 album. His debut solo album and one of only two Blue Note albums as leader (the second emerged in 1997). Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio on 19th May 1965. Featuring Blue Note legend Joe Henderson on tenor, Steve Kuhn on piano and Steve Swallow on bass. Showcasing three fine La Roca originals (the title track, Candu, Tears Come From Heaven), Steve Swallow’s Eiderdown and interesting takes on the standards Malaguena and Lazy Afternoon. Produced by Alfred Lion. Includes a famous Reid Miles cover, plus photography by Francis Wolff and liner notes by Ira Gitler.
Pete La Roca - Basra LP Released 10/01/20
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