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Most Happy Fella

CD (Item 640460) Atlantic (Japan), 1957 — Condition: New Copy
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The groovy combo The Jazz Modes were one of the 50's strangest groups – but their work is always entertaining, and a lot more filled with soul than you'd expect! The band is fronted by French horn player Julius Watkins and saxophonist Charlie Rouse – and Rouse's pre-Monk tenor is nice and gutsy, even at moments when it seems like the group's getting a little too "high concept"! Add to the mix the earthy piano of Gildo Mahones, and the combo's definitely got a groove – even on a set like this, which is comprised of tracks from Frank Loesser's musical A Most Happy Fella – all transformed by the group's approach, and taken as mostly instrumental numbers, save for one that features wordless voice by Eileen Gilber. Titles include "Joey Joey Joey", "Dont' Cry", "Happy To Make Your Acquaintance", "Warm All Over", and the obligatory "Standing On The Corner".  © 1996-2014, Dusty Groove, Inc.


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