Pianist Hugh Lawson
was 42 when he had his first opportunity to record as a leader. One of the many great pianists who emigrated from Detroit, Lawson
spent most of his career overshadowed, but he was an excellent hard bop-based player. Teamed with bassist Bob Cranshaw
(heard on acoustic for a change) and drummer Ben Riley
performs two originals, a few obscurities, Clifford Jordan's
"The Highest Mountain," Charles Mingus'
"Duke Ellington's Sound of Love," "I Fall In Love Too Easily" and a brief rendition of Bud Powell's
"I'll Keep Loving You." A fine straight-ahead effort.