This CD is a particularly well-rounded program, with tenor saxophonist Ricky Ford
digging into three jazz standards ("In Walked Bud," "Misty" and "Half Nelson"), plus six originals that include tributes to Charles Mingus
and Billy Strayhorn
. In addition to the versatile pianist Jaki Byard
(an underrated great) and drummer Ben Riley
is joined by veteran bassist Milt Hinton
, who is quite effective on this modern material. Stimulating music.