Bobby Ferrel

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A trombonist with a sense of humor, Bob Ferrel leads his quartet through several numbers, where his wonderfully fluid yet gutsy sound holds sway. Although Ferrel has performed with a laundry list of big bands, he is far from a household name. Nonetheless, his unique style, expanded range and rough tone are uniquely attractive and should raise some eyebrows. His unaccompanied version of the title piece is a killer, with influences as diverse as fellow trombonists George Lewis, Albert Mangelsdorff, and Frank Rosolino. On two numbers (including "Lament," arranged by Slide Hampton), Ferrel adds four trombones, and on the last two tracks, he records with a vintage 1905 phonograph. A gimmick, to be sure, but it is all part of the fun. While not all the pieces are as successful as others, a joie de vivre is found throughout.

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