Various Artists

All Star Jazz Show #4: Rockin' in Rhythm [LP]

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Timex sponsored a series of all-star jazz television broadcasts during the 1950s, and this is the soundtrack to the last show. In less than fifty minutes, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars, the Dukes of Dixieland, Dizzy Gillespie, the George Shearing Quintet, Coleman Hawkins and Roy Eldridge, as well as singers Dakota Staton and the obscure Ruth Olay, take brief turns in the spotlight. Few surprises occur on this LP, with the exception of Louis Armstrong walking on during Gillespie's rendition of "Umbrella Man," which turned out to be their only meeting ever recorded and issued. In addition to their exchanges on trumpet, the two men enjoy scatting up a storm with one another. Unfortunately, the chaotic closing jam of "Perdido" attempts to incorporate everyone who appeared on the show, which causes the engineer fits, as the sound overwhelms his board settings. But the historical significance of this vintage broadcast makes it worth tracking down this Sounds Great LP.

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