Tab Smith & His Orchestra

I Don't Want to Play in the Kitchen

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Tab Smith made his first solo recordings shortly after leaving Lucky Millinder's band, and they're collected on the fine I Don't Want to Play in the Kitchen. The material on the album features Smith running through a number of different bands and vocalists -- including Trevor Bacon, Robbie Kirk, and Betty Mays -- but, throughout it all, the distinguishing factor is his lovely saxophone, which sounds warm and appealing even on these swinging jump blues numbers.