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Urbie Green: Never to be Forgotten,
This review is from: Five Classic Albums (All About Urbie Green / Blues And Other Shades Of Green / Urbie Green And His Band / Urbie Green Septet / Urbie: East Coast Jazz) (Audio CD)
These recordings are momentous and sound wonderful in their transference to CD audio format. The albums are: 'All About Urbie Green and his Big Band', 'Blues and other Shapes of Green', 'Urbie Green and his Band', 'Urbie Green Septet' and 'Urbie: East Coast Jazz'. There is a delightfulness about these numbers, from the titled 'Blues and Other Shades' through to 'Melody in B flat'. There is a simplicity and unsophisticated musicianship that belies the efficiency of playing both from the leader and his bandsmen. There is an enormous amount of activity within this simplistic sound. Listen to the lyrical solos of Dave McKenna and the trombone piano duet, the contributions Jimmy Raney makes on guitar with swing and harmonic openings for the soloists. Urbie had an attractive trombone tone. His solos were neat and to the point. The nom-de-plume 'Ike Horrowitz' is non-other than Al Cohn. Green later went on to record with Creed Taylor. All in all, an attractive and value for money musical set worthy of anyone's collection.