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This two-fer combines two of trumpeter/flügelhornist Clark Terry's albums for the Impulse! label: 1964's The Happy Horns of Clark Terry and 1967's It's What's Happenin'. Generally considered one of Terry's best '60s outings, The Happy Horns of Clark Terry is a jaunty, swinging affair that finds Terry joined by such names as saxophonists Phil Woods and Ben Webster, bassist Milt Hinton, and others. Featuring a lively take on Duke Ellington's "Rockin' in Rhythm," Bix Beiderbecke's "In a Mist," and even an Ellington medley, the album is a must-hear for Terry fanatics. Interestingly, It's What's Happenin' features Terry playing his horns through the then-innovative electronic hookup the Selmer Varitone attachment. Though the Varitone ultimately failed to catch on, it doesn't detract at all from Terry's inventive, soulful playing. Here we get a take on his classic vocal and trumpet tune "Mumbles" called "Electric Mumbles" as well as a the bluesy "Take Me Back to Elkhart" and more.


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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The Happy Horns of Clark Terry / It's What's Happenin', Clark Terry
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  • $13.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop, Mainstream Jazz
  • Released: Jan 01, 2011

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