Various Artists

Percussion and Guitars

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This long-out-of-print LP at first appears to be the discovery of a lost treasure for jazz fans. With a hearty dose of standards and/or show tunes (including "Gone With the Wind," "Cherokee," "Baubles, Bangles and Beads," and "'S Wonderful"), plus a cast that includes Bucky Pizzarelli, Eddie Costa, Milt Hinton, Phil Bodner, and Bob Rosengarden and liner notes by Nat Hentoff, what could go wrong? Unfortunately, this release was made in 1960 to show off the possibilities of the then-new development called stereo recording, and Al Caiola's hackneyed arrangements pretty much stifle the jazz potential throughout the session. Every time it seems like things are starting to loosen up, the music reverts to Caiola's corny charts. For the musicians it was another payday and they performed as well as the score allowed them to, but this forgettable date should be bypassed unless one is a fan of easy listening with a minimal dose of jazz flavor.

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