Although this is the second installment in Dorough's studio date with the Davis
group, he does not participate. Davis gets off a terrific solo here, as does Shorter;
and there are some nicely-crafted three-horn unison passages in the opening and
closing choruses. Another little gem.
After the flurry of Columbia studio activity and live recording in the spring of
1961, Davis was relatively inactive during 1961-1962. He was evidently unhappy with
Hank Mobley, though he did not replace him until sometime the following year. J.J.
Johnson was added to the group as another solo voice, and the Sextet was booked
at the Club Renaissance, Los Angeles (October 12-19); Minor Key Club, Detroit (December
7-10); Jazz Gallery, New York (December 21, 1961-January 3, 1962); Howard Theater,
Washington (January 12-18 -- Johnson apparently did not make this gig); April 17-22,
Village Vanguard, New York; May 19-28, Mardi Gras, Kansas City; June 1-10, Music
Box Theatre, Los Angeles; June 12-July 1, Blackhawk Supper Club, San Francisco;
July 4-10, The Penthouse, Seattle; August 16-19, Minor Key, Detroit; August 24-25,
La Comédie Canadienne, Montreal (Davis filled in for an ailing Sonny Rollins for
the August 25 matinee); September 17-22, Showboat, Philadelphia; November 13-19,
Village Vanguard, New York. A four-night engagement at the Music Box Club, Cleveland
(December 6-9) was canceled and rescheduled for December 27-30. Mobley is still
listed as the saxophonist at the end of 1962.