A great little set – despite our initial fears! We'll admit that we're the first ones to shy away from anything that says "Kansas City" in the title – as we expect a lot of hoke – but this album's a surprisingly great batch of tunes, original numbers written by Benny ... read moreCD
A gem of a record from the young Duke Jordan – a set recorded in France, as part of a big postwar effort by the Vogue label – but one that also really captures the fresh, boppish energy that Jordan brought to his work on the US scene at the time! Duke's razor-sharp here – a deft ... read moreCD
(2014 Japanese pressing – with 3 alternate takes!)
With Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax, Bob Brookmeyer on valve trombone, Red Mitchell on bass and Frank Isola on drums. Tracks include "Laura", "Soft Shoe/Utter Chaos", "Lady Is A Tramp", "Love Me Or Leave Me" and "Lullaby Of The Leaves". CD
(Out of print. Tray card has a cutout hole.)
Lucky Thompson & Gig Gryce —
In Paris ... CD RCA/Vogue, Mid 50s. Used ...
Features work with key French players from the period including Martial Solal, Henri Renaud, and Pierre Michelot – plus a couple of tracks with Quincy Jones and Clifford Brown. CD