Clare Fischer

Twas Only Yesterday

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Clare Fischer's 18-piece big band recorded an obscure set for Atlantic in 1968 that quickly went out of print. Fortunately, the Discovery label brought it back in 1979, and even though Discovery's releases eventually disappeared too, there is at least a better chance of finding this highly enjoyable effort. Fischer had a particularly strong group at the time, featuring such major soloists as trumpeters Steve Huffsteter and Conte Candoli, Warne Marsh on tenor, baritonist Bill Perkins (showcased on "Calaumus") and altoist Gary Foster, all of whom receive solo space. The leader contributed half of the selections (which also include Lennie Tristano's "Lennie's Pennies" and Billy Strayhorn's "Upper Manhattan Medical Group") and takes a very rare alto solo on the brief "In Memoriam" (dedicated to the slain Kennedys). One of Clare Fischer's finest recordings.