Ira Sullivan

Ira Sullivan [1975]

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Ira Sullivan has long been a remarkable multi-instrumentalist with a personal sound on each of his horns. On this A&M release, Sullivan mostly sticks to soprano and flute although he plays trumpet briefly on "Old Hundredth" and stretches out on tenor during a lengthy medley of his "Slighty Arched" and the standard "Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most." His supporting cast includes the talented guitarist Joe Diorio and on one selection an unknown bassist named Jaco (here misspelled Joco) Pastorius. The generally thoughtful music is not as exciting as some of Sullivan's other sessions (particularly the later ones with Red Rodney) but has its strong moments.