Journey to the Urge Within

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Journey to the Urge Within
Journey to the Urge Within.jpg
Studio album by
RecordedJuly 21–23, 1986
ProducerMichael Cuscuna
Courtney Pine chronology
Journey to the Urge Within
Destiny's Song and The Image of Pursuance
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz2.5/4 stars[2]

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."[3]

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]

All compositions by Courtney Pine except where noted.

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


Chart (1986) Peak
UK (Official Charts Company)[4] 39



  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Richard Cook and Brian Morton, The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, LP & Cassette (Penguin, 1992: ISBN 978-0-14-015364-4).
  3. ^ Yanow, S.Allmusic Review: Journey to the Urge Within accessed 20 May 2010
  4. ^ "Journey to the Urge Within | Album". Official Charts. 1986-10-25. Retrieved 2017-10-25.