Mundell Lowe

T.V. Action Jazz!, Vol. 1

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On first glance, this LP may not seem all that interesting since guitarist Mundell Lowe leads a group that performs eight songs from television shows of the late '50s. But since many of the tunes essentially use blues chord changes and Lowe's all-star group includes clarinetist-baritonist Tony Scott, trombonist Jimmy Cleveland, trumpeter Donald Byrd, and flutist Herbie Mann (whose identity was kept hidden), this is an album worth searching for. The solos are excellent and the music is much better than expected. Also, owning this album gives listeners a rare opportunity to own a jazz version of "Perry Mason Theme," "Naked City," and "Fallout"!

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