...And a Little Pleasure

...And a Little Pleasure is an album by saxophonist J. R. Monterose and pianist Tommy Flanagan. It was recorded and originally released in 1981, and was reissued on CD as A Little Pleasure in 1989.

...And a Little Pleasure
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Studio album by
RecordedApril 6–7, 1981
StudioRight Track Recording, New York City
ProducerMark Feldman, Robert E. Sunenblick, MD
Tommy Flanagan chronology
You're Me
...And a Little Pleasure
The Magnificent Tommy Flanagan
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz3/4 stars[2]

Recording and musicEdit

The album was recorded on April 6 and 7, 1981, in New York City.[3] It was Monterose's recording debut playing the soprano saxophone.[2] The miking was close, so his breathing is clearly audible.[2]

There are two original compositions on the album: "Pain and Suffering...And a Little Pleasure", in 3/4 time, and "Vinnie's Pad".[2] The latter, as well as "Con Alma", are up-tempo performances.[4] "Theme for Ernie", "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square", and others are ballads.[4]


Uptown Records released the album in 1981.[3] In 1989, Reservoir Records reissued it on CD, with the title A Little Pleasure.[3]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Never Let Me Go" (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston) – 7:09
  2. "Pain and Suffering...And a Little Pleasure" (J.R. Monterose) – 5:42
  3. "Con Alma" (Dizzy Gillespie) – 5:29
  4. "Central Park West" (John Coltrane) – 5:01
  5. "Theme for Ernie" (Fred Lacey) – 9:05
  6. "Vinnie's Pad" (Monterose) – 3:09
  7. "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" (Eric Maschwitz, Manning Sherwin) – 7:29
  8. "Twelve Tone Tune" (Bill Evans) – 2:59


  • J. R. Monterose – tenor and soprano saxophone
  • Tommy Flanagan – piano


  1. ^ "Tommy Flanagan – A Little Pleasure". AllMusic. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2004). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (7th ed.). Penguin. p. 1152. ISBN 0-141-01416-4. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b c Fitzgerald, Michael (September 24, 2011) "J. R. Monterose Discography". jazzdiscography.com.
  4. ^ a b Joyce, Mike (February 16, 1990) "Flanagan, Monterose 'Pleasure' Principals". The Washington Post. p. 19.