Various Artists

Live at Sandy's

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Compiled and whittled down from what was originally a six-volume set on Muse, these are live recordings from a Boston North Shore club known as Sandy's Jazz Revival. These eight extended jams reveal the handiwork of Arnett Cobb, Buddy Tate, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Ray Bryant, George Duvivier, and Alan Dawson -- all accounted for in the mix, blowing hard and reveling in the looseness of it all. Cobb turns in stompdown takes of "Jumpin' at the Woodside," "Flying Home #2," and the ill-titled "Blues for Lester" (it's actually "Lester Leaps In"), all fine showcases for his hard toned style, sort of like if Lester Young and Coleman Hawkins exchanged tones for a night. Vinson turns in his usual bluesy slant to jazz on a pair of winners while Tate has three tracks pulled from two of his albums in the original series, one of them appropriately titled Hard Blowin'. If you're a fan of brawny tenor sax blowing and fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants jamming, then this little collection and you were made for each other.

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