Lew Tabackin

Let the Tape Roll

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Lew Tabackin is up to his usual high standards on this pianoless trio LP recorded for the Japanese RCA Victor in 1974; he's joined by bassist Bob Daugherty and drummer Bill Goodwin (the latter known as a longtime member of Phil Woods' rhythm section). Tabackin's powerful tenor sax delivers fresh treatments of several standards, particularly the very fast "Bye, Bye Blues" and a lush unaccompanied solo version of "A Ghost of a Chance." Tabackin's wife, Toshiko Akiyoshi, contributed the composition "Soliloquoy," and another fine pianist, Roland Hanna, composed the light samba "Morning," both songs fine features for Tabackin's engaging (yet underrated) flute. The leader's sole original of the session, "Let the Tapes Roll," is a brisk blues. This hard to find Japanese LP, which was also briefly available in the U.S. on the Inner City label (self-titled as Tabackin), is worth making a diligent search.