Frankie Laine

Jazz Spectacular

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Pop singer Frankie Laine always liked jazz and he had a longtime friendship with trumpeter Buck Clayton. They teamed up for this well-intentioned LP with a variety of top jazzmen, including pianist Sir Charles Thompson, tenor saxophonist Budd Johnson, trombonist Urbie Green, and (on a couple of numbers) guest trombonists J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding. Clayton and the jazzmen sound fine, and although Laine's vocals are certainly an acquired taste for jazz fans, there are plenty of highlights: "You Can Depend on Me," "Taking a Chance on Love," and "Roses of Picardy."

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