Mr. Tram Associates

Getting Some Fun out of Life

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It is strange that this group is named after C-melody saxophonist Frankie Trumbauer, for none of the swing-oriented songs they perform on the CD have anything to do with Tram. All but two numbers have vocals by pianist Daryl Sherman and/or Barbara Lea and, although pleasant, they are sometimes closer to cabaret than to jazz. Cornetist Dick Sudhalter and tenor-saxophonist Loren Schoenberg contribute some fine solos and the music (particularly such songs as "More than You Know," "This Year's Kisses," "Manhattan" and "Getting Some Fun out of Life") is often enjoyable but not as special as one might have expected from this lineup.

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