Jimmy Bruno

Live at Birdland

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This excellent set from guitarist Jimmy Bruno can easily be divided into two. The first four numbers (which include "Move" and "Grooveyard") showcase Bruno in a trio with bassist Craig Thomas and drummer Vince Ector; the guitarist mostly swings quite hard. The other six songs feature the great altoist Bobby Watson, who takes spirited solos on "Segment," "Au Privave," and "Anthropology," adding to the intensity and drive of this high-quality bop set. There are some quieter moments, including an alto/guitar duet on "These Foolish Things," but the uptempo tunes are most memorable. Recommended.

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