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Album Review

This classic 1956 session showcased the talents of several musicians strongly associated with the Detroit jazz scene. Featured here are guitarist Kenny Burrell, pianist Tommy Flanagan, saxophonist Pepper Adams, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Kenny Clarke. This is swinging, understated bop in the Detroit tradition.

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Can you say "swingin like crazy, baby?"

Detroit - yes, THAT Detroit, circa 1956, with Berry Gordy trying to sell jazz records and having no luck there. Anyway, it turns out that Mo-Town was a hot jazz city and produced some awesome talent. This is a lights-out jam from start to finish and it swings for sure. I dig that Klook (Kenny Clarke) was on the skins!


Born: March 16, 1930 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Known for his flawless and tasteful playing, Tommy Flanagan received long overdue recognition for his talents in the 1980s. He played clarinet when he was six and switched to piano five years later. Flanagan was an important part of the fertile Detroit jazz scene (other than 1951-1953 when he was in the Army) until he moved to New York in 1956. He was used for many recordings after his arrival during that era; cut sessions as a leader for New Jazz, Prestige, Savoy, and Moodsville; and worked regularly...
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