Benny Waters

Benny Waters & The Traditional Jazz Studio

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The great veteran Benny Waters spent a long period living in Europe, which led to him being largely forgotten in the U.S. This imported LP (which has liner notes in Italian) is part of a budget series that was made available domestically in the U.S. and can still sometimes be found in second-hand stores. One of the label's stronger releases, this date features Waters (then only in his mid-seventies) on clarinet, tenor, alto, an occasional vocal, and his rarely played soprano in Prague, Czechoslovakia with an excellent classic jazz octet filled with local players. In addition to a few warhorses such as "Lady Be Good" and "Sweet Georgia Brown," the band performs three originals by Waters. The music is consistently hot with many exciting moments, making this very obscure album well worth picking up.