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November 16, 2011


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jeff helgesen

Interesting, hadn't really heard of Doug Mettome being mentioned in such glowing terms before. Can anyone recommend some recordings where he's given some blowing space?

Don Brown

Jeff Helgesen asks for Doug Mettome recommendations. I'd strongly suggest he get a copy of Fresh Sound FSR 2232 by Nat Pierce. It's called The Swinging Nat Pierce/Kansas City Memories and combines two albums-Jazz Romp, produced by the wonderful Harry Lim for Keynote Record, and Kansas City Memories from Decca. Mettome appears on the Keynote date with Ruby Braff,Billy Byers, Matthew Gee, Phil Woods, Sam Margolis, Pierce, Freddie Green, Jimmy Woode, and Jo Jones.


..and Bill Perkins.....fantastic!!!!

Jery Rowan

I found the Bird/Four Brothers track to be something of a shambles. It probably should have been entitled "One Brother" as Bird took all the solos, though he didn't seem to realize he was supposed to, hanging back at the end of each chorus, waiting for the next sax to take over.

As bad as I found that version, alternate versions of Four Brothers showed up at the end of the clip. I clicked one on and it was Woody's Second Herd and... WOW! That's the keeper! Zoot Sims, Serge Chaloff, Herbie Steward and Stan Getz.

Over the years I've heard many a version, but that one's the best. IMO of course. Oh, yeah, and Don Lamond kicked those herds better than any other drummer -- something I say even though Sonny Igoe was one of my all-time favorites.

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