Thomas Jefferson

From New Orleans

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This out-of-print LP features one of the finest trumpeters to emerge in the New Orleans jazz scene of the 1950s. Jefferson performs four songs in a 1953 sextet that also includes trombonist Jack Delaney and clarinetist Raymond Burke. However it is the other eight selections that are most notable for Jefferson's trumpet and vocals are showcased as the only horn in a quintet with pianist Armand Hug and drummer Monk Hazel. Strongly influenced by Louis Armstrong, Jefferson also had an appealing musical personality of his own which is fully displayed on such numbers as "When You're Smiling," "There'll Be Some Changes Made" and "Someday You'll Be Sorry." This set is really Thomas Jefferson's definitive recording, showing him off at his best.