Starting in 1977 and continuing into the mid-1980s, guitarist Doug Raney's career was extensively documented by the SteepleChase label. Influenced by his father Doug Raney, Tal Farlow, and Jim Hall, Raney pretty much had his style together from the start, so his evolution since the beginning is pretty logical. This quintet outing matches Raney with a European quintet whose best-known members are tenor saxophonist Bernt Rosengren and bassist Jesper Lundgaard. Raney performs two originals (including "Walking the Duck"), "Theme for Ernie" and numbers by Benny Golson, John Coltrane and Sam Rivers ("Beatrice"). Excellent modern mainstream straight-ahead jazz.
DOUG RANEY, guitar BERNT ROSENGREN, tenor sax BEN BESIAKOV, piano JESPER LUNDGAARD, bass OLE-JACOB HANSEN, drums
Recorded at Sweet Silence Studios, Copenhagen, November 1, 1984.
01. Reggie of Chester 02. Feo's Waltz 03. Lazy Bird
01. Beatrice 02. Theme for Ernie 03. Walking the Duck