Speaking of Red Rodney, here’s a tune from his Red Alert! album. This album is perhaps best known for being the first recorded performance of saxophonist Chris Potter, who would have been 19 years old at the time of the release. I personally also find this record remarkable in that, up to that point in Red’s 50-year career, no one had yet thought of “Red Alert” as an album title.
Red Alert! is the definition of “mixed bag”; the band runs through several bebop heads at burning tempos, but each one is immediately followed by the kind of “cool fusion” jazz that was popular in the late 1980s. As such the album fails to set any kind of consistent mood, and it’s hard to enjoy straight through. Still, it’s worth a listen if you want to hear a veteran like Red helping out two young lions in Chris Potter and David Kikoski.