The complete classic album Dusty Blue (originally on Bethlehem) showcases trumpeter Howard McGhee as the only horn in a quartet featuring Tommy Flanagan and Ron Carter on five tracks, while on the remaining four tunes McGhee plays in a septet that includes Pepper Adams and Bennie Green.
Also included is the complete Howard McGhee-Freddie Redd Quintet album The Connection (originally on Felsted), recorded the very same day as Dusty Blue ! It also features the splendid tenor saxophonist Tina Brooks, who due to personal problems would stop recording in early 1961 and wouldnt be heard from again prior to his death in 1974, at the age of 42.
Howard McGhee, trumpet on all tracks, plus (on Dusty Blue) : Bennie Green, trombone ; Pepper Adams, baritone sax ; Roland Alexander, tenor sax; Tommy Flanagan, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Walter Bolden, drums. Plus (on The Connection) : Tina Brooks, tenor sax; Freddie Redd, piano; Milt Hinton, bass; Osie Johnson, drums. All tracks recorded in New York, June 13, 1960. (Discovery Records)