Georgie Auld

Homage

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Tenor saxophonist Georgie Auld's career went through several phases. He was a member of one of Benny Goodman's finest small groups (his 1940-41 sextet with Charlie Christian and Cootie Williams), and on this fine session, he paid tribute to those days. Auld is heard teamed with the excellent trumpeter Don Fagerquist, guitarist Howard Roberts, pianist Lou Levy, vibraphonist Larry Bunker, bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Mel Lewis on a dozen swing songs, most of which he originally recorded with the Benny Goodman Sextet. The treatments are a bit more modern (as much West Coast jazz as swing), and Benny Goodman's clarinet is replaced by vibes, but the musicians sometimes quote the original recordings in subtle ways. Highlights include "I Found a New Baby," "Seven Come Eleven," "Benny's Bugle" and "Flying Home."

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