Clark Terry

Big B-A-D Band In Concert, Live 1970 (Russian Tea Room)

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As opportunities to record jazz dried up in the late '60s, artists like Clark Terry resorted to privately issuing their work via mail order. Terry's 17-piece Big Bad Band was recorded during a 1970 engagement at the Russian Tea Room, playing arrangements by the likes of Frank Wess, Ernie Wilkins, and Phil Woods, no less (who worked with Terry on several other releases but not on this occasion). Terry's matchless fluegelhorn is featured extensively on Wilkins' "Big Bad Band" and "Take the 'A' Train," while his trumpet shines during Wess' "Shell Game" and he adds a plunger mute for a very effective arrangement of Billy Strayhorn's "Rock Skippin' at the Blue Note." Other outstanding solos include those by Wess, heard on alto sax on a soulful rendition of "Here's That Rainy Day" and on flute during "On the Trail" (which became a staple of Terry's repertoire); trombonist Dave Bargeron on Woods' "Hymn for Kim"; and trumpeter Virgil Jones on "Shell Game." Long out of print, this LP is worth acquiring (as are all albums by Clark Terry), if you can only find it.

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