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The Hottest New Group in Jazz!,
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Up to now I have bought two of these 'Real Gone Jazz' box sets (this one and Freddie Redd's) and am surprised to be the first reviewer of each! However, I have found reviews from others on many of the other sets to be both informative and interesting, so I hope my views on this will likewise prove useful.
I heard Lambert, Hendricks and Ross at the Antibes Jazz Festival in 1961 along with Count Basie, Ray Charles, Bud Powell, Les McCann and a host of others whose names I have forgotten. Returning home to Blighty I immediately bought a copy of 'Lambert, Hendricks and Ross - The Hottest New Group in Jazz'. I have enjoyed it for many years but as the time had come for a replacement it was a no brainer to go for this vastly inexpensive box set. The albums included are;
'Sing a Song of Basie' from 1957. Their sensational debut album with the Basie band rhythm section to hand.
'Sing Along with Basie' from 1958. This time with the entire Basie band itself.
'The Swingers' from 1958. A marvellous rhythm section led by my favourite West Coast pianist - Russ Freeman. Love track 4 'Jackie' - it's all about the mouse on Annie's blouse.
'The Hottest New Group in Jazz' from 1960. Here we have a rhythm section with guest appearances from Harry Edison no less (trumpet) and Pony Poindexter (alto)
'Sing Ellington' from 1960. Same musicians as above.
'The Real Ambassadors' from 1962. Not a lot of LHR on this album. Despite the recording being well known, it was new to me and I like it. Most tracks feature Louis Armstrong both singing and playing, and/or Carmen McRae. Dave Brubeck is also part of this party, and backs most of Carmen McRae's tracks. I am not too familiar with the latter but have to say I greatly enjoyed her contribution here.
'High Flying' from 1962. Just a piano, bass and drums here.
As we speak I have listened through all the discs only twice so am still on a learning curve with all the albums except 'The Hottest New Group in Jazz'. Nevertheless I can thoroughly recommend this boxed set. The sound is good, my jewel case is absolutely fine and, best of all, the jazz is excellent.