Pete Brown

1944

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On January 16, 1944, altoist Pete Brown recorded some transcriptions for radio airplay. Brown, who was at the peak of his powers during that year, and the spectacular trumpeter Jonah Jones fronted a lesser-known rhythm section comprised of pianist Zed Jackson, bassist Dallas Bartley and drummer Edward Nicholson. Every note they played that day was released for the first time on this 1997 CD. In addition to the eight accepted versions of tunes, including such likable riff originals as "Said Zed" and "That's the Lick," plus "Rosetta" and "Lowdown Blues," which has a rare Brown vocal, the CD also has four false starts, five incomplete performances and eight full-length alternate takes. Due to the many truncated versions, it is recommended that one eventually program their CD player to play only the accepted (and very enjoyable) versions. Brown and Jones made for a very potent team on these hot swing numbers.