Various Artists

Cocktail Combos

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In some ways, this three-CD set from 1997 was a very unnecessary release. There had already been reissues of the complete output of the Nat King Cole Trio plus all of the Aladdin recordings made by Charles Brown and Floyd Dixon, so all 75 numbers on this generous reissue (25 from Cole, 32 by Brown including three from his days with Johnny Moore's Three Blazers, and 18 by Dixon) were already readily available elsewhere. Also, since this is a three-CD package, it is not exactly inexpensive. However, the music (in settings ranging from trios to quintets with tenorman Maxwell Davis) is quite enjoyable, falling between swing-oriented jazz and early R&B. Many of the three artists' early hits are here (including Cole's "Sweet Lorraine" and Brown's "Drifting Blues"), and the enjoyable release can act as an introduction to the music of these popular singers/pianists. However, completists should look elsewhere.

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