Joe Newman

In a Mellow Mood

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The performances on this LP (featuring trumpeter Joe Newman, pianist Ross Tompkins, bassist Russell George and drummer Roy Lundberg), although recorded in 1962, were not released initially until 20 years later. As the title suggests, the emphasis is on slower, relaxed tempos. Newman sounds fine, but few sparks occur on tunes such as "The Lady's In Love With You," "You Are My Sunshine" and two Billy Taylor songs. Fine music, but not too essential; get Joe Newman's earlier RCA recordings instead.