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January 27, 2010


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Larry Kart

I'd definitely go for the Sundazed "String Fever," with the alternate takes (though isn't the actual label a Sundazed subsidiary,
Euphoria?) Also, there's some fine solo work there from lyrical trumpeter Don Joseph.


Great album! I think it's the only recording on which Joseph solos, apart from a couple of clips on youtube from his later years. He was a very soft and melodic player - you might call him the anti-Maynard. Along with the superb guitar work, Wayne's arrangements here are impressive. He also arranged for Bennett. However I would say that Bennett's best jazz recordings were the ones for his own Improv label with Ruby Braff, and with Bill Evans. Also notable are some Columbia sides with Getz, Hancock, Carter, and Elvin Jones that have appeared on various anthologies, and "The Art of Romance," though that last one might not be considered a "pure jazz" album. "Cloud 7" is good, but Tony's singing has matured on those later recordings.

max welker


Does anybody know the name of this piece?
I believe it is an original Chuck Wayne composition, which i am calling "Chuck's Tune" for lack of the actual title...

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