Russell Jacquet 1945-1949

COMPOSERS: Various
LABELS: Classics
PERFORMER: Russell Jacquet (t), with Joe Newman (t), Sonny Stitt (as), Dexter Gordon, Illinois Jacquet (ts), JJ Johnson (tb), Charles Mingus (b), Chico Hamilton (d), etc
CATALOGUE NO: 1145 (distr. Discovery)

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An intriguing trawl through some forgotten West Coast jazz of the late Forties, helmed by trumpeter Jacquet, brother to Illinois. Poised between bebop stylings and a crossover with R&B, there are walk-on parts for many major names, an attractive pendant to the better-known music of the period. RC