Journey to the Urge Within

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Journey to the Urge Within
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Studio album by Courtney Pine
Released 1986
Recorded July 21–23, 1986
Genre Jazz
Length 43:44
Label Verve
Producer Michael Cuscuna
Courtney Pine chronology
Journey to the Urge Within
Destiny's Song and The Image of Pursuance
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Journey to the Urge Within is the debut album by English saxophonist, Courtney Pine. It was released on the Verve label in 1986.


Allmusic awarded the album with 4 stars and its review by Scott Yanow states: "This early Courtney Pine recording (the tenor saxophonist was 22 at the time) features some of the most promising black English jazz musicians of the time, including Pine (who also plays some bass clarinet and soprano), singer Cleveland Watkiss (who often is reminiscent of Bobby McFerrin), vibraphonist Orphy Robinson, and pianist Julian Joseph."[2]

The album went on to reach #39 in the UK Albums Chart and earned a silver disc (over 250,000 copies sold), which was unprecedented at the time for a British jazz recording.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Miss Interpret" (Courtney Pine) – 4:15
  2. "I Believe" (Pine) – 4:36
  3. "Peace" (Horace Silver) – 5:20
  4. "Dolores" (Wayne Shorter) – 3:29
  5. "As We Would Say" (Pine) – 3:19
  6. "Children of the Ghetto" (Amoo, Amoo) – 7:02
  7. "When, Where, How and Why" (Pine) – 5:20
  8. "C.G.C." (Pine) – 3:31
  9. "Seen" (Pine) – 4:28
  10. "Sunday Song" (Pine) – 1:27
  11. "E.F.P." (Pine) – 3:45
  12. "Big Nick" (John Coltrane) – 4:35