Various Artists

Birmingham Jazz Festival, Vol. 1

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Three discs were released in 2002 that feature previously unheard music from the 1960 Birmingham Jazz Festival. Oddly enough, they do not come with liner notes (other than just the basic information) and one has to either call their 800 number or E-mail the label in order to get the notes mailed. Even veteran collectors of straight-ahead jazz may not be familiar with all of the players on these sets. Birmingham Jazz Festival, Vol. 1 puts the focus on tenor-saxophonist Sandy Mosse for the first four numbers. Mosse sounds quite close tone-wise to Stan Getz while swinging like Zoot Sims on such tunes as "Frankie And Johnny," and "That Old Black Magic." Mosse is accompanied by pianist Junior Mance, bassist Nick Fiore, and drummer J.C. Heard. The rhythm section, with Mance in the lead, is showcased on the disc's final three numbers: "A Smooth One," "Walkin'," and "How High the Moon." Fans of Zoot Sims and Junior Mance will want this set but in general, straight-ahead jazz collectors should opt for all three volumes.

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