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A great session from 1957 led by pianist Tommy Flanagan. Hear the whole recording this Saturday beginning at 10pm on The Listening Party, with your host Roxane Gagne.

The Cats are John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell, Tommy Flanagan, and Idrees Sulieman, with rhythm section Doug Watkins & Louis Hayes, heavyweights that clearly mark this as a Prestige All-Stars blowing session. However, this 1957 recording is actually a showcase for Flanagan, a rising star in his first major role, and as you might expect the players all have plenty of opportunities to wail.

Coltrane demonstrates that he would soon be exploring more harmonically advanced territories than the others, tearing through rapid-fire solos with no trouble whatsoever. Burrell takes a more laid-back approach, stringing together bluesy licks in a relaxed fashion.But, this is Flanagan's session, a gifted sideman who provides the right support to make sure that everyone stays on course. Along with the sextet tunes, a trio recording of "How Long Has This Been Going On?" proves that Flanagan was capable of handling the spotlight on his own. The slow, graceful rendering of the standard proves that the pianists had plenty of originality and taste and is the only track on the album that stands out.