Home Run

Howard McGhee

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Home Run Review

by Scott Yanow

To celebrate the 30th anniversary (to the day) of his recorded trumpet battles with Fats Navarro, Howard McGhee teams up with fellow trumpeter Benny Bailey in a similar-styled sextet also including Sonny Red (on tenor rather than his customary alto), pianist Barry Harris, bassist Lisle Atkinson and drummer Bobby Durham. Highlights of this set include McGhee's blues "Get It On," Navarro's "Nostalgia," "Brownie Speaks" and Bailey's "Funky Senor" (which is purposely similar to Horace Silver's "Senor Blues"). Highly recommended to bebop fans, this is one of Howard McGhee's final recording sessions.

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