Various Artists

Fujitsu-Concord 25th Jazz Festival

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This two-disc set was recorded at the Fujitsu/Concord Jazz Festival in Concord, California. The performing roster includes guitarist Howard Alden, a fine, if restrained stylist and his trio, plus soulful, bluesy pianist Gene Harris and award-winning broadcaster/pianist Marian McPartland. Harris' group is augmented by special guest Scott Hamilton, still among the better swing-tinged soloists. McPartland's elegant voicings get some fire and energy from a special guest, tenor saxophonist Chris Potter. The 20 selections comprise the Concord formula -- a few originals, but mostly well-done reworkings of standards and jazz flagwavers like "The Very Thought Of You" and "Sweet Georgia Brown." This is a nice celebration of a company that's earned its place in the hearts of jazz fans for its devotion to unadorned, sophisticated compositions and performances.

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