Al Caiola

Serenade in Blue

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Al Caiola (whose name is misspelled Caiora throughout the outside of this CD, although it is correct on the inside!) was a studio guitarist who led some nice easy listening melodic jazz dates during 1955-60. On this budget release, he is heard on four numbers apiece with a pair of overlapping quintets featuring either Romeo Penque (on flute, bass clarinet, and English horn) or trumpeter Bernie Privin; Hank Jones or Ronnie Ball on piano; bassist Clyde Lombardi (listed as Clyde Rombaldi!); and drummer Kenny Clarke. The music, which includes "Don't Worry About Me," "Early Autumn," and "Indian Summer," is light and easy to enjoy, serving both as superior background music and melodic jazz. It is too bad that the packaging (which credits most of the standards, including "Serenade to Blue" and "Early Autumn," to "Caiora") basically stinks! Hopefully someday this set, and Caiola's earlier Savoy album, will be reissued in much more coherent form; they could easily be repackaged as a single CD.

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