Billy Ver Planck

Jazz for Playboys

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Arranger Billy Ver Planck leads a nones on some hard-swinging numbers; all but Horace Silver's "Senor Blues" were composed either by Ver Planck or producer Ozzie Cadena. Starring on these spirited sides are trombonist Bill Harris (who is heard at his most exciting on "Playgirl Stroll"), altoist Phil Woods (doubling on clarinet), Eddie Costa (doubling on vibes and piano) and trumpeter Joe Wilder. Ver Planck's arrangements make the group sound twice as big as it was yet have the feel of a small combo. Although this CD put out by the Japanese Denon label is only 37 minutes in length, its high quality makes it a highly recommended disc.