Henry Franklin’s 1972 release for Black Jazz, The Skipper, is a highlight in a catalog full of many, and his 1974 follow up, The Skipper at Home lives up to its predecessor’s high standard and might even surpass it. Rooted in bop but a little freer, a little more electric. And, as is true of just about every Black Jazz release, the ensemble work is remarkably intuitive and swinging, driven by Franklin’s melodic, inventive bass playing. The Skipper at Home has never been reissued on vinyl outside of Japan, and it’s never sounded better thanks to the expert remastering. Pat Thomas’ liner notes complete the package. A beautiful record.