Various Artists

Jazz All Stars

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This LP looks like a budget or bootleg set and it lacks any liner notes (personnel is given although dates are left out) but the music is often both rare and enjoyable. Taken from a period of time when small-group swing was starting to be influenced by bop, these selections are led by trumpeter Buck Clayton, trombonist Sandy Williams, baritonist Harry Carney and trombonist J.C. Higginbotham; among the sidemen are trombonists Trummy Young and Dicky Wells, trumpeters Joe Thomas and Sidney DeParis, altoist Johnny Hodges and Ted Nash on tenor. Swing collectors who run across this now-rare LP are advised to pick it up despite its appearance.