Al Cohn

Jazz Legacy: New York Sessions, Vol. 2

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Although tenor saxophonist Al Cohn and trombonist J.J. Johnson get co-billing on this LP of material originally cut for the Vogue label, the real leader is French pianist Henri Renaud who was in New York to record with top American players. Four selections (three of which are Al Cohn originals) find Renaud leading a septet that includes Cohn, trumpeter Jerry Hurwitz, J.J. Johnson and Gigi Gryce on baritone. Cohn is showcased with a quartet on "The Things We Did Last Summer" and "Once in Awhile" while a ten-minute version of "If I Had You" has J.J. and Cohn joined in a sextet by vibraphonist Milt Jackson who wins solo honors. Overall this is a typically excellent straightahead set of 1950s jazz, cool but swinging.