2 more lost jazz albums from the Atlantic catalog – one a funky bit of soul jazz, the other a tasty bop groover. David Newman
's The Weapon features the funky sax player in a number of different electric combos, with players like Bernard Purdie, Richard Tee, Cornell Dupree, and others. The songs are a mixture of jazzy soloing and 70s soul arrangements, some with backing vocals by the Sweet Inspirations, in a style that Atlantic was using for other albums at the time. Tracks include "Yes We Can Can", "Happy Times", "Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong", and "Freedom For The Stallion". Diz's album, Home & Abroad, is a much more straight-ahead jam – and features some of Dizzy's best bop playing of the late 50s. He's joined by groovy vocalist Joe
Carroll on many numbers, and titles include "Just Blues", "Mrs. Diz", "Cognac Blues", "Blues Chante", and "This Is Happiness". A strange combo, but at this price, either one's a great deal, and together, how can you beat it?