Charlie Shavers

Live from Chicago

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Trumpeter Charlie Shavers' sessions as a leader (as opposed to his high-profile sideman associations with John Kirby, Tommy Dorsey and Jazz At The Philharmonic) are generally lesser known and underrated. This live set from Chicago's London House with pianist Larry Novack, bassist Tommy Bryant and drummer Francis Bruce is the most easily available of Shaver's dates, and it finds the masterful trumpeter in excellent form. Highlights include "St. Louis Blues," "What Is This Thing Called Love," and "I Want A Little Girl." Recommended.