Curtis Peagler

For Basie and Duke

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Veteran altoist Curtis Peagler's first of two albums as a leader is a jam session-flavored set put out by the tiny Sea Pea label. Peagler is teamed up with a variety of friends based in Los Angeles at the time: trombonist Buster Cooper, Roy Brewster on flugelbone (which is pitched between a flugelhorn and a trombone), pianist Art Hillary, guitarist Terry Evans, bassist Louie Spears, drummer Washington Rucker and percussionist Darryl Jackson. The music is fairly basic, with a few blues, a couple of boppish originals, "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" and "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You." Peagler and the exuberant Cooper in particular are in fine form. Worth searching for.