Julian Dash

A Portrait of Julian Dash

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Julian Dash is heard in one of his few dates as a leader on this LP, accompanied mostly by other musicians who never achieved the limelight more than sporadically during their careers, with the obvious exception of the most recorded bassist in jazz history (if not music as a whole), Milt Hinton. But the tenor saxophonist is no slouch during this 1970 session for Master Jazz, covering a mix of standards, jazz classics, and originals. Best known for his work with Erskine Hawkins, his desire to record the band's theme song, "Tuxedo Junction," should be no surprise since he co-composed it with Hawkins. His lightly swinging and occasionally country-like interpretation (partially thanks to the guitar of Jimmy Shirley) features his robust tenor. A pair of originals, including a duet with Shirley, "Two Shades of Blue," and the Count Basie-like foot-patting swinger "Julian's Dash," also have stood the test of time very well. In spite of first-rate interpretations of "Willow Weep for Me" and "Take the 'A' Train," the sparkling duo treatment of "Don't Blame Me," with Hinton adding a superb arco bass solo as well, takes top honors from the session. Pianist Cliff Smalls and drummer George Foster round out the personnel on this long out of print record, which deserves to be reissued.

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