An excellent trumpeter who had long been overlooked, Sam Noto
finally, at age 44, had an opportunity to lead his own record date in 1975. In fact, he would head four sessions for Xanadu during a three-year period, all of which are easily recommended, although not yet available on CD. This set is of particular interest, because Noto
is the only horn in a quartet also featuring pianist Barry Harris
, bassist Leroy Vinnegar
, and drummer Lenny McBrowne
. Mixing a few originals with standards, Noto
's performance is pure bebop, with the highlights including "Fats Flats," "Entrance," and "Nostalgia."