Bob Cooper

In a Mellotone

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In a Mellotone Review

by Scott Yanow

Tenor saxophonist Bob Cooper teams up with a group of hard-swinging mainstreamers (trumpeter Snooky Young, pianist Ross Tompkins, guitarist Doug MacDonald, bassist Monty Budwig and Jeff Hamilton) on this LP to play a program filled with veteran standards and a few newer pieces. The emphasis is on no-nonsense swinging, particularly during such numbers as "In a Mellotone" and "Jumpin' at the Woodside." The underrated vocalist Ernie Andrews is featured on four numbers (a blues, "Satin Doll" and two ballads) that add some variety to the upbeat proceedings.

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