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Album Review

This Muse LP features a logical combination: veteran bop trumpeter Red Rodney and bop revivalist altoist Richie Cole. With pianist Roland Hanna, bassist Buster Williams and drummer Eddie Gladden offering stimulating support, the frontline is in fine form. It is surprising that the quintet mostly performs newer originals (by Rodney, Hanna, Cole and Bernie Senesky) with just two standards: "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" and Charlie Parker's "Little Suede Shoes" (here mistakenly listed as "Little Red Shoes"). However, the music (which includes such colorful titles as "No Jive Line" and "Ode to a Potato Plant") is largely straight-ahead. An underrated set.


Born: 27 September 1927 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Red Rodney's comeback in the late '70s was quite inspiring and found the veteran bebop trumpeter playing even better than he had during his legendary period with Charlie Parker. He started his professional career by performing with Jerry Wald's orchestra when he was 15, and he passed through a lot of big bands, including those of Jimmy Dorsey (during which Rodney closely emulated his early idol Harry James), Elliot Lawrence, Georgie Auld, Benny Goodman, and Les Brown. He totally changed his style...
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