Snooky Young

Boys from Dayton

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Although he had been a well-respected trumpeter for over 30 years by 1971, this was Snooky Young's first session as a leader. Actually the LP consists of two separate dates: one features Young with altoist Norris Turney, trombonist Booty Wood and a surprisingly R&Bish rhythm section (which is turned a bit loose on Pee Wee Ellis' "Hard Boiled Rock") that includes Richard Tee on piano and organ and guitarist Cornell Dupree while the flip-side showcases Turney in 1975 with pianist Cliff Smalls, guitarist Billy Butler, bassist Al Hall and drummer Mickey Roker. The emphasis throughout is mostly on light swing and ballads with the highlights including "Lil' Darlin'," "My Blue Heaven," Turney's "The Seventh Day" and "For All We Know." Nothing all that substantial occurs on this LP (which has yet to be reissued on CD) but it has its moments of interest.