Don Lanphere was alos around during the glory days of bebop, recording with Max Roach and Fats Navarro as early as 1948, but in his case we can still look forward to new music from the 75-year old tenor player. His latest, Where Do You Start?
(Origin), recorded with his youthful group of regular band members, once again demonstrates his staying power. This collection of standards and originals provides opportunities for Lanphere to show off his mellow Lesterian tone on reflective ballads like "cottage for Sale" as well as command of double-time, hard-charging bop, as on bassist Doub Miller's "Wilke's Grin." Trombonist Jeff Hay exhibits a beautiful high-register sound, especially on Miller's slow "Ming's Dream," which alos features a brief but nice bowed solo by Miller himself. Cornetist Jonathan Pugh and pianist Marc Seales also display sensitivity and fine hard-bop chops. Miller and drummer John Bishop provide a solid underpinning.