Eddie Bert

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Other than an earlier four-song date, trombonist Eddie Bert's first three sessions as a leader are on this valuable LP (put out in 1987); some of the music has reappeared on CD, but not with as much coherence. The fine bop-oriented trombonist is heard at the head of quintets that include either altoist Vinnie Dean or guitarist Sal Salvador, pianist Duke Jordan, bassist Clyde Lombardi and either Mel Zelnick, Art Mardigan or Joe Morello (during his first studio session) on drums. In addition, Bert takes a rare vocal on "He Ain't Got Rhythm." Highlights of the swinging set include "Love Me or Leave Me," "Conversation Piece," "Broadway" and an extended "Cherokee."

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