Featuring: Jerry Hahn - Guitar, Michael White - Violin, Noel Jewkes - Sax & Flute, Jack De Jonette - Drums, Ron Mc Clure - Bass
Jazz guitarist Jerry Hahn was at the time of these recordings (1967) working with saxophonist John Handy. At the urging of Arhoolie's boss, Chris Strachwitz, Jerry Hahn assembled this all-star quintet to record some of his compositions (except "My Love" written by Noel Jewkes). Today, after years as a successful leader and side man, Jerry Hahn is teaching and living in Portland, Oregon.
1. In The Breeze
2. My Love
3. Dippin' Snuff
“Jazz critic Phil Elwood wrote the original liner notes and updates them by saying the music 'remains after three decades, free and airy ‚ as distinctive and interesting in the 1990's as it was in the 60's.' White shines on 'In the Breeze' with a hard swinging line that melds perfectly to the reed of Noel Jewkes. 'My Love' started out as just another Latin spin, but the rhythm was so subtle from Ron McClure bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums that it probelled this heady guitar work from Hahn and then built into what then was an envelope pushing Latin conclusion. 'Dippin Snuff' is a boppish airy dash with flute and guitar almost in a novelty mood and again envelope pushing. Great fun. 'Ragahanter' invokes the sitar fad of the 60's in the Bay Area with very unusual sitar sounding solo guitar against a blues mood. 'Ara-Be-In' is the Arabic version with the Jewkes tenor pushing edges in lyrical fashion, big bass rumbling below, light tabla tapping like drums and then a building quartet fervor. Extremely interesting reissue will surprise you.”
(Chris Lunn — Victory Review)