Pete Brown

Harlem Jump and Swing

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Other than the 1942-1945 period, altoist Pete Brown only led three record sessions in his career, and his last one (from 1961) was actually originally put out under guitarist Bernard Addison's name. This particular LP (imported from England) finds Brown and his sextet (which includes lyrical trumpeter Joe Wilder and pianist Wade Legge) sharing the album with a couple of sessions headed by trumpeter Jonah Jones from the same period. Brown's half of the record consists of five swing standards and a couple of blues, and although there are touches of bop, the music is essentially mainstream. Actually, the Jonah Jones tracks (three of the seven of which also feature clarinetist Edmond Hall and trombonist Vic Dickenson) are more extroverted and memorable, with plenty of spectacular trumpet playing on such tunes as "Beale Street Blues," "Down by the Riverside," and "J.J. Special."

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