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This review is from: Five Classic Albums Plus (Vic Dickenson Septet #1 / #2 / #3 / #4 / Mainstream Jazz) (Audio CD)
Trombonist Dickenson was one of those players who embodied what's come to be known as mainstream jazz. To put some flesh on the bones -no pun intended- mainstream was defined as that area of the music which was of the swing / pre-bop milieu. Dickenson arrived at this point almost by default rather than design, not least because his work was always that of a character who knew how to go about things.
This is another of those bumper sets that the Avid label have taken to with a vengeance, and in a way the glut it offers is perhaps too much. This isn't true of the material on the first disc, however, as it consists of some of the most persuasive small group mainstream ever to have been caught on wax. Consisting as the band did of musicians like clarinet player Edmund Hall and bass player Walter Page the music's guaranteed to hit a spot. The four volumes that made up the title VIC DICKENSON SEPTET are all here, and without exception the music embodies warmth and spontaneity is such measures that even the dead might rise if sufficiently exposed to it.
As such this is a set that's worth buying for the first disc alone, especially at the price, and it earns the 5-star rating on its own too. Given the exceptional qualities of that music it's maybe not surprising that the second disc is a case of diminishing returns. Once the balance of the septet titles is out of the way the four tracks from MAINSTREAM by Andy Gibson and his Orchestra confirms the cliché involving exactly what it says on the tin. The four -or perhaps two if both the a- and b-sides are included- Louis Armstrong singles are worth it almost for Armstrong's trumpet solo on "I Want A Little Girl" alone, while the four tracks that make up the MAINSTREAM JAZZ album (you get the idea) fall slightly short of the standards set by the septet. The three Scatman Crothers singles that make up the considerable balance are closer to rhythm `n' blues and date from 1948.
In short, insatiable souls such as this writer are always going to want more, but for anyone building a collection (do people still go in for such quaint activities?) this is the one-shot of Dickenson they need, so that they might listen, smile, pour a glass or six of something, and go off on a happy one.
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Initial post: 23 Jan 2014 19:11:56 GMT
Mr. Charles R. Day says:
Good review but you are surely partly in error - the two tracks are by a VD septet - there are four Gibson tracks.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2014 09:41:50 GMT
N. Jones says:
You're right -sorry. So much for squinting at booklet information etc.
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