Dave Pell

Live at Alfonse's

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Except for a 1984 session for the Fresh Sound label, this was the first recording by Dave Pell's Octet since 1961. The personnel is completely different from the earlier group, but the music is very much in the 1950s cool jazz tradition in which Pell excelled, with arrangements by Marty Paich, Bill Holman, and Johnny Mandel. The lineup is full of top Los Angeles-based players, including Pell on tenor, trumpeter Steve Hufsteter, trombonist Rick Culver, baritonist Bob Efford, pianist Bob Florence, guitarist Barry Zweig, bassist Tom Warrington, and drummer Frank Capp. Their renditions of such songs as "Love Me or Leave Me," "You're My Everything," "Them There Eyes," and "I Found a Baby" are cool, but frequently exciting. Recorded at a now-defunct club, this LP was reissued on CD in 1999.

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