Tony Williams with VSOP II in Japan 1983

SKF NOTE: It’s a happy day when I find a previously unknown, to me, VSOP Quintet album or YouTube video. Such was the case last night. Scrolling through pages of Amazon MP3 jazz albums I found this promising looking album, VSOP II -Live At The Shibuya Nhk Hall, Tokyo, Japan May 19, 1983.

The outstanding rhythm section of Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass), and drummer Tony Williams is augmented by the Marsalis brothers: Wynton on trumpet, Branford on tenor and soprano saxes.

For $6.99 this album — with a playing time of 69 minutes — is a steal. Here’s the link.

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