There has been precious little of Duane Tatro's music available in recent years--one composition each on Music to Listen to Red Norvo By (OJC-155) and Art Pepper's Smack Up (OJC-176), to be exact. Yet listeners lucky enough to have heard the present album have long cited Tatro as one of the most challenging and imaginative writers of the Fifties. A precocious talent who played tenor sax with Stan Kenton while still in his teens, Tatro grew into a visionary composer who effectively blends advanced compositional techniques with the swing and expressiveness of jazz. He does it with a striking octet of three brass, three saxophones, bass, and drums; and with a cast of talented musicians (including such prominent fellow writers as Lennie Niehaus, Bill Holman, and Jimmy Giuffre) who perfectly understood the weight and colors of Tatro's scores.
with Stu Williamson, Bob Enevoldsen, Joe Eger, Vincent De Rosa, Lennie Niehaus, Joe Maini, Jr., Bill Holman, Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Gordon, Ralph Pena, Shelly Manne