Various Artists

Live at the 1990 Concord Jazz Festival: First Set

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The first of three CDs taken from the 1990 Concord Jazz Festival features three trombonists (Rob McConnell, Al Grey and Benny Powell), trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison and a fine rhythm section (guitairst Ed Bickert, pianist Gene Harris, bassist Neil Swainson and drummer Alan Dawson) playing straightahead jazz. Edison, Powell, Harris, Grey and Bickert have individual features, the full group plays "Cottontail" and the trombonists (without Edison) get to stretch out on "Undecided." Nothing too surprising occurs but the good-humored music (Grey's "St. James Infirmary" is a highpoint) is fun and swinging.

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