Cal Collins

Crack'd Rib

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Guitarist Cal Collins had the highest visibility of his career when he was recording regularly for Concord during 1978-1981. Since he returned permanently to Cincinnati in the early '80s, Collins has had a lower profile in the jazz world, although his talent has not declined. On the first of two recordings for Mopro, the swing-based guitarist teams up with pianist Steve Schmidt, bassist Lynn Seaton, and drummer John Van Ohlen for five veteran standards (including "Castle Rock," "Wabash Blues," and "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You"), plus his own "Crack'd Rib Blues." This hard-to-find LP contains excellent straight-ahead music that features Cal Collins in top form.