|1. ||My Secret Love
|2. ||When Sunny Gets Blue
|3. ||Nicky's Tune No.3
|4. ||Wilbur's Tune No.2
|5. ||Mock And Roll Blues
|6. ||Nicky's Tune No.2
Ira Sullivan - Sax (Alto), Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor), Trumpet
Jodie Christian - Piano
Nicholas Hill - Sax (Tenor)
Victor Sproles - Bass
Wilbur Campbell - Drums
Nicky Hill is an underground hero of jaz who played in Chicago at a time when the scene included Eddie Harris, Gene Ammons, Ramsey Lewis, Ahmad Jamal, etc. Fortunately, it also included Ira Sullivan, with whom Nicky Worked regularly. His "inside" playing presaged the experimentations on the later AACM generation. Albums with the MJT+3 and Sonny Stitt on Argo, and two with Ira for VeeJay and Delmark constitute his legacy.
Ira Sullivan's multi-instrumental talent was widely exposed during his stay with Art Blakey and Red Rodney prior to self-led forays from his home in Miami and his albums for Muse, Atlantic, Discovery, Fantasy (with Red), etc.
Jodie Christian, arguably the best pianist in Chicago, recorded with John Klemmer (Cadet), Eddie Harris (Atlantic), Frank Walton, Brad Goode, Mike Smith, Lin Halliday (Delmark, as well as his own trio albums with Steeplechase and Delmark: Experience (454) and Rain or Shine (467), with Art Porter and Roscoe Mitchell.
* Bob Koester - Producer
* Jeff Lowenthal - Photography
* Joe Segal - Liner Notes
* Steve Wagner - Producer
* Stu Black - Engineer
The talented Ira Sullivan has led relatively few sessions throughout his career considering his skills. This CD brings back his second full album as a leader, adding the previously unissued "Mock and Roll Blues" (a stomping tune) to the original five song program. Sullivan, who sticks here exclusively to trumpet, is joined by the obscure tenor Nicky Hill, pianist Jodie Christian, bassist Victor Sproles and drummer Wilbur Campbell. The music (two standards and four originals) is essentially straightahead bop and generally swings quite hard.
---Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
Active Decades: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s and '00s
Born: May 01, 1931 in Washington, D.C.
Styles: Bop, Post-Bop, Hard Bop
Ira Sullivan, who is equally skilled on trumpet and a variety of reeds, is one of the great talents in jazz. But due to his desire to be away from the spotlight, his contributions have often been overlooked. His father taught him the trumpet and his mother the saxophone. Sullivan was a key part of the Chicago jazz scene of the 1950s, jamming with visiting all-stars and, in 1956, spending some time with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. He settled in Florida in the early '60s and, although he has been active locally, he only emerges on the national jazz scene on an irregular basis. His most notable association since the '60s was with Red Rodney in a brilliant (and fortunately well-recorded) quintet that also included pianist Garry Dial. Sullivan has retained an open-minded approach to music and has never been afraid to try new things. Virtually all of his recordings offer some surprises.
---Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
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