Various Artists

Brothers and Other Mothers

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Lester Young had such an influential "cool" tone on tenor-sax that by the late '40s there were quite a few younger players who sounded like his relatives. This double LP has small-group performances by some of the key members of "the Four Brothers" sound. Stan Getz, Al Cohn and Zoot Sims jam together in an octet, Cohn, Brew Moore and Allen Eager are individually featured in quartets, Eager also heads a quintet with vibraphonist Terry Gibbs and there is a sextet with baritonist Serge Chaloff, trumpeter Red Rodney and an uncredited George Wallington on piano. This is excellent and consistently swinging (if obviously derivative) music.