The previously unreleased privately recorded material included on this 1996 CD features the obscure but talented bassist Ralph Pena
performing five spirited duets with pianist Pete Jolly
, one with pianist Joe Albany
and four trio numbers with Albany
and the great altoist Herb Geller
(who is heard in top form). The reasonably well-recorded performances include blues, bop and several obscurities (such as "Whims Of Chambers," "While A Cigarette Was Burning" and "I Don't Wanna Be Kissed"). Pena
, who died in a car accident in 1969 while in his early forties, was a fine supportive bassist and a good soloist, making this rare material a strong tribute to his talents.