Ted Curson

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The first half of this release is from the same session that resulted in Ted Curson's Tears for Dolphy. The three selections (performed by the trumpeter in a pianoless quartet with tenor saxophonist Bill Barron, bassist Herb Bushler and drummer Dick Berk) are of the same high quality as the other cuts, highlighted by Curson's "Searchin' for the Blues." The second half of the program features Curson with the Zagreb Radio Orchestra at the 1966 Yugoslavian Jazz Festival. Zita Carno provided the arrangements to three of the trumpeter's originals (including "Quicksand" and "Flip Top") and Curson plays (in his own words) with "one foot in avant-garde, one foot in mainstream." A recommended and consistently stimulating release.