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A pleasant surprise,
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This review is from: Four Classic Albums (Locking Horns / All I Wanna Do Is Swing / The Midgets / Soft Swingin' Jazz) (Audio CD)
I strongly recommend this item. I had not thought of Joe Newman as a solo performer before but he really shines here. If you like swinging jazz with a recognisable melody and inventive improvised solos, you won't go wrong here. Basie training shows througout but particularly on "The Midgets" (1956) where Joe (muted) is joined by Frank Wess on flute an Barry Galbraith's electric guitar to delightful effect. "Soft Swingin' Jazz" (1958) features Shirley Scott on organ - superior to Basie's organ efforts for my money. "Locking Horns" (1957) has Zoot Sims on tenor while "All I Wanna Do Is Swing" (1955) boasts a front line of Newman, Al Cohn (tenor),Ernie Wilkins (alto)and Frank Rehack (trombone) backed by a rhythm section of Nat Pierce, Freddie Green, Milt Hinton and Shadow Wilson. There's plenty of variety without forgetting "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing".