Various Artists

All the Cats Join In

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Tribute is paid to the trumpet playing, arrangements and compositions of Buck Clayton during this hard-swinging date by an octet temporarily named "the Buck Clayton Legacy." Trumpeter Randy Sandke organized the tribute which also features the tenors of Harry Allen and Danny Moss, Antti Sarpila on clarinet, soprano and tenor, trombonist Jerry Tilitz, pianist Brian Dee, bassist Len Skeat and drummer Oliver Jackson. All of the songs were associated to an extent with Clayton (four of the 13 are his compositions) and quite a few were part of his legendary jam sessions in the 1950s. Everyone plays up-to-par and it is fun hearing such obscurities as "Buckin' the Blues," "Toot Sweet," "Lean Baby" and the title cut revived and performed with such spirit and swing. A rewarding release from the German label Nagel Heyer.

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