Snooky Young

Snooky & Marshall's Album

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Veteran swing trumpeter Snooky Young's second session as a leader finds him co-leading the date with altoist Marshall Royal. Backed by a very supportive rhythm section (pianist Ross Tompkins, rhythm guitarist Freddie Green, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Louie Bellson), the impressive frontline plays pleasing and melodic solos that occasionally get a little heated. Guest vocalist Scat Man Crothers sings his "Mean Dog Blues"; there are recent originals by Ray Brown and Tom Peterson, along with a three-song ballad medley, and the sextet romps on "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart," "Limehouse Blues" and "Should I." Subtle and tasteful music.

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