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Album Review

To call this CD (a reissue of a Pablo date) an all-star session would be an understatement. Joining pianist Oscar Peterson, guitarist Joe Pass, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Bobby Durham are three classic trumpeters: Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, and Freddie Hubbard. They clearly inspire each other (Gillespie flew in from the East Coast specifically for this date) and the music ("Daahoud," "Just Friends," the new blues "Chicken Wings," and a torrid version of "The Champ") has plenty of exciting moments. Other performances from the same date can be heard on The Alternate Blues, another LP reissued on CD through the Original Jazz Classics imprint.

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Sensational Jazz

This is an underrated (perhaps under promoted?) GREAT jazz session. At the time of the recording, Freddy Hubbard on the horn was still up-and-coming, the new kid on the block. To showcase this talent, the producers brought in two of the best trumpet soloists of the time, Clark Terry and The Dizz... and had Oscar Peterson and his group as sidemen! These are all jazz hall of famers! And Clark Terry and Dizzy Gillespie pushed and challenged Freddie Hubbard in every cut... in fact they end up challenging and pushing each other. Neither of the three wanted to be viewed as "third best"... The results are phenomenal. Each cut is a classic. I find it hard to pick a favorite, but if I had to (at the time of this post) I'd pick Chicken Wings.

To me, nobody dominates this CD, but each makes a strong case that he is the best. And at the same time they do battle, they also complement each other, so the sound is seamless, strong, melodic, and powerful all at once. Any one of these four cuts is worth the price of the CD.

Biography

Born: December 14, 1920 in St. Louis, MO

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Possessor of the happiest sound in jazz, flügelhornist Clark Terry always played music that was exuberant, swinging, and fun. A brilliant (and very distinctive) soloist, Terry gained fame for his "Mumbles" vocals (which started as a satire of the less intelligible ancient blues singers) and was 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...
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