Various Artists

Bill Coleman/Dizzy Gillespie/Sarah Vaughan/Red Allen

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The Europa series of jazz LPs contain consistently rare and rewarding music (generally live performances) by top American jazz musicians. This album is no exception, and has spots for five classic trumpeters. Veteran swing stylist Bill Coleman sings and plays trumpet on a quartet version of "Indiana" and performs "I've Got Rhythm" with a big band. Swing trumpeter Peanuts Holland leads a mostly French quintet on a blues and "How High the Moon." The most unusual performance is a lengthy "Sometimes I'm Happy," which finds trumpeters Red Allen, Clark Terry and Dizzy Gillespie all taking solos before Jon Hendricks, C.T. and Gillespie share a rambunctious vocal. Cornetist Rex Stewart is featured on "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," and then to conclude the album, Sarah Vaughan and Clark Terry star on "Scat Blues." The recording quality is okay, if not quite up to studio conditions, but fans of the great trumpeters will want to get this valuable album.