Various Artists

Almost Forgotten

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This LP (released by Columbia in 1983) contains eight previously "lost" recordings that were released for the first time. Many all-stars appear and there are some historic performances. Drummer Dave Bailey leads a sextet in 1960 also featuring trumpeter Clark Terry, trombonist Curtis Fuller and Junior Cook on tenor. Terry interacts with the great tenor Coleman Hawkins on a 1962 version of "Ain't Misbehavin'," ltoist Pony Poindexter performs an alternate take of his "Lanyop" in 1962 with five other saxophonists including Eric Dolphy, and Wes Montgomery is heard on "Love for Sale" in 1955, four years before his discovery. Side two of this LP has trumpeter Johnny Coles leading a quartet with pianist Randy Weston, trombonist Slide Hampton at the head of an 11-piece group, the Engligh tenor Tubby Hayes in a quintet with Clark Terry and a combo matching together trombonist J.J. Johnson and cornetist Nat Adderley in 1958. The bop-oriented music is consistently rewarding, making this an album well worth searching for.