Various Artists

The Two Progressive Records All Star Trumpet Spectaculars

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The first and least successful of Gus Statiras's four recorded jam sessions features six somewhat incompatible trumpeters (Harold Lieberman, Marky Markowitz, Howard McGhee, Hannibal Marvin Peterson, Lew Soloff and Danny Stiles) and a rhythm section (pianist Derek Smith, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, bassist Richard Davis and drummer Ronnie Bedford) playing a six-song ballad medley and the 18-minute "Gus' Thing." The latter is based on "It Don't Mean a Thing" but has an opening unaccompanied chorus by the trumpeters (pretty incoherent) and some "breaks" for each horn that really do not work.

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