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Top and Bottom (Live)

Clark Terry

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This live outing recorded aboard the S/S Norway in November 1995 matches the exciting flugelhorn of Clark Terry with the promising altoist David Glasser, pianist Willie Pickens, bassist Marcus McLaurine, drummer Sylvia Cuenca and the great tenor Red Holloway. Red and C.T. always make for a potent team, and the music throughout the set is consistently delightful and swinging. Highlights include Terry's "Quicksand," "Straight No Chaser" and a five-song ballad medley. Although nearly 75 at the time (an ancient age for a trumpeter), Clark Terry is still in prime form throughout the highly enjoyable and infectious straight-ahead date.

Biography

Born: 14 December 1920 in St. Louis, MO

Genre: Jazz

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

Possessor of the happiest sound in jazz, flügelhornist Clark Terry always plays music that is exuberant, swinging, and fun. A brilliant (and very distinctive) soloist, C.T. gained fame for his "Mumbles" vocals (which started as a satire of the less intelligible ancient blues singers) and is also an enthusiastic educator. He gained early experience playing trumpet in the viable St. Louis jazz scene of the early '40s (where he was an inspiration for Miles Davis) and, after performing in a Navy band...
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