Pony's Express

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Pony Poindexter was a sporadically recorded bop saxophonist who played on sessions by Lambert, Hendricks and Ross as well as Wes Montgomery; his long unavailable 1962 debut as a leader, originally on Epic, finally was reissued as a Koch CD in 2001. With arrangements by Gene Kee, Poindexter leads several all-star ensembles, which include Phil Woods, Gene Quill, Sonny Red, Eric Dolphy, Dexter Gordon, Clifford Jordan, Jimmy Heath, Sal Nistico, Billy Mitchell, and Pepper Adams. The rhythm sections are also first rate: either Gildo Mahones or Tommy Flanagan play piano, with Ron Carter or Bill Yancey on bass, and Charli Persip or Elvin Jones on drums. Poindexter is a convincing ...
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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Pony Poindexter was a sporadically recorded bop saxophonist who played on sessions by Lambert, Hendricks and Ross as well as Wes Montgomery; his long unavailable 1962 debut as a leader, originally on Epic, finally was reissued as a Koch CD in 2001. With arrangements by Gene Kee, Poindexter leads several all-star ensembles, which include Phil Woods, Gene Quill, Sonny Red, Eric Dolphy, Dexter Gordon, Clifford Jordan, Jimmy Heath, Sal Nistico, Billy Mitchell, and Pepper Adams. The rhythm sections are also first rate: either Gildo Mahones or Tommy Flanagan play piano, with Ron Carter or Bill Yancey on bass, and Charli Persip or Elvin Jones on drums. Poindexter is a convincing ballad player with the rich reed section backing him on "Skylark," while he trades choruses with Gordon's big-toned tenor on a snappy and decidedly nontraditional take of "Struttin' With Some Barbecue." His originals include the smoking opener "Catin' Latin," with the leader on soprano sax and almost getting buried by the backing saxophone section at times, the brisk blues "Pony's Express," and the loping blues "Lanyop," which also features a typically daredevil alto solo by Dolphy. Sadly an alternate take of "Lanyop," which appeared on the LP anthology Almost Forgotten, was not licensed for this Koch CD reissue and omitted. It's a shame that Pony Poindexter didn't get many more opportunities to record as a leader, as this release demonstrates his considerable promise.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2001
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923859123
  • Catalog Number: 8591
  • Sales rank: 159,438

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Catin' Latin (4:15)
  2. 2 Salt Peanuts (3:39)
  3. 3 Skylark (3:44)
  4. 4 Struttin' With Some Barbecue (5:32)
  5. 5 Blue (5:31)
  6. 6 "B" Frequency (1:43)
  7. 7 Mickey Mouse March (3:06)
  8. 8 Basin Street Blues (3:44)
  9. 9 Pony's Express (2:20)
  10. 10 Lanyop (9:40)
  11. 11 Artistry in Rhythm (2:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pony Poindexter Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Pepper Adams Baritone Saxophone
Ron Carter Bass
Eric Dolphy Alto Saxophone
Tommy Flanagan Piano
Dexter Gordon Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Heath Tenor Saxophone
Elvin Jones Bass
Sonny Red Alto Saxophone
Sal Nistico Tenor Saxophone
Gene Quill Alto Saxophone
Clifford Jordan Tenor Saxophone
Gildo Mahones Piano
Charlie Persip Drums
Phil Woods Alto Saxophone
Bill Yancey Bass
Technical Credits
Jimmie Dodd Composer
Louis Armstrong Composer
Lil Hardin Composer
Jon Hendricks Original Liner Notes
Rosalind Ilett Remastering
Teo Macero Producer
Don Raye Composer
Donald Elfman Reissue Producer
Lil Hardin Armstrong Composer
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