Vic Dickenson

Just Friends

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Trombonist Vic Dickenson's next-to-last recording (he did an obscure duet date with pianist Ralph Sutton in 1982), this outing features the distinctive stylist in a trio with pianist Red Richards and bassist John Williams. Dickenson and Richards have two vocals apiece and although the trombonist (who was 75) shows his age a bit, he had not lost his enthusiasm or creative abilities. Highlights include "If I Could Be with You," "Taking a Chance on Love" and "Me and My Shadow." Two songs ("Runnin' Wild" and "Sweet Sue") were recorded in 1985 by Richards and Williams as a tribute to Vic (who had died in 1984).