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Album Review

This 75-minute disc includes the entirety of Togetherness (1959) and most of American (1960); the two missing tracks from American can be found on Fantasy's The Lenny Bruce Originals, Vol. 1. This compilation of early material has a slight edge over Originals, Vol. 1 because of the somewhat sharper, more sophisticated bite and the presence of one of his most celebrated routines, the 20-minute "The Palladium."

Biography

Born: 13 October 1925 in Mineola, NY

Genre: Comedy

Years Active: '50s, '60s

When once asked to describe jazz, trumpet legend Miles Davis sarcastically but saliently replied, "You can sweat it down to four words: Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker." Applying that same old-school, new-school trailblazer to comedy is somewhat more problematic. A number of great early comics could stand in for the Armstrong entry, among them Charlie Chaplin, Groucho Marx, Jack Benny, and George Burns. But in choosing the "Charlie Parker of comedy," by that meaning the one who blazed the modern-day...
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