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Jack Sheldon is probably better known for his trumpet playing on other musicians' record dates, but this 1986 studio date more than proves he is a capable leader. With fellow veterans Barry Harris on piano, alto saxophonist Jerry Dodgion, bassist Rufus Reid, and drummer Ben Riley, Sheldon is in top form. Also known for his humorous vocals, he sticks exclusively to trumpet on this occasion, delivering a lyrical solo in "Angel Eyes" and trading licks with Dodgion in a brisk rendition of "The Chase." Fluegelhornist Don Sickler (who did most of the arrangements for the date) sits in during "Along Came Betty." Sheldon also contributed the original ballad "Wait and See," an emotional work that connects with the listener without the need of a lyric. Recommended.


Born: 30 November 1931 in Jacksonville, FL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the great jokesters in jazz (whose spontaneous monologues are as hilarious as they are tasteless), Jack Sheldon's personality has sometimes overshadowed his excellent trumpet playing and effective vocals. Sheldon started playing professionally at age 13. He moved to Los Angeles in 1947, joined the Air Force and played in military bands. After his discharge, Sheldon became a popular figure on the West Coast, playing and recording with many top musicians including Jimmy Giuffre, Herb Geller,...
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Playing for Change, Jack Sheldon
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop
  • Released: 1986

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