This 1968 Blue Note release by pianist and arranger Duke Pearson (1932-1980) is one of his best. Strangely, it's also one of his least known, perhaps partly because of its limited availability in the digital age.
This post-bop recording of Pearson's complex arrangements came after he led a big band for an extended period. The nine-member group, including the leader on piano, Jerry Dodgion on flute and Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, packs quite a wallop.
Blues for Alvina is the shortest and most laid-back track on the album.
Blues for Alvina
The Phantom had a brief CD release in 2004 and the prices for the few remaining copies available will make your eyes pop. A 180-gram vinyl reissue is also available. Prices for that are north of $30. The album isn't offered as a download.
Since The Phantom is so difficult to obtain at an affordable price, here, from YouTube, is the 10-minute title track.