Harry Bluestone

Artistry in Jazz

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Violinist Harry Bluestone is on a countless number of television and motion picture soundtracks and pop dates, generally in the background. This LP was a rare opportunity for him to be in the spotlight, for it is a set of duets with guitarist Vito Mumolo, a fellow studio player. Unfortunately, Bluestone never really cuts loose, generally playing arranged sections with just brief bits of improvising. Even on such songs as "Blue Skies," "Blue Room" and "Tea for Two," the results might be virtuosic but tend to be overly polite and safe. Most potentially intriguing are the two originals -- "Gymnastics" and "Kiddin' on the Strings" -- but these are brief and cute rather than exciting. Artistry in Jazz, which does not live up to its name, is essentially a novelty, worth hearing once, but not too memorable.

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