Stan Getz / Vido Musso

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Three different four-song sessions are reissued on this fine CD. The rambunctious and thick-toned tenor-saxophonist Vido Musso leads the first session, heading a septet that also includes both Kai Winding and Gene Roland on trombones, altoist Boots Mussuli, pianist Marty Napoleon, bassist Eddie Safranski and drummer Denzil Best. "Moose in a Caboose" and the heated "Moose on the Loose" are most memorable. The second date is under bassist Safranski's leadership and he uses a similar group with Musso, altoist Lem Davis, Roland, pianist Sanford Gold, Best and on one song trumpeter Leonard Hawkins. Safranski is well-featured (Musso is a strong co-star) and often recalls Jimmy Blanton in his short solos. The last session on this CD is unrelated to the others, an outing by trombonist Kai Winding that also features the young tenor Stan Getz (who in 1945 already sounds reconizable) and trumpeter Shorty Rogers. This final date is more common than the other two (it was formerly included on a Getz LP) but on a whole the CD gives listeners some fine rarities from the 1945-46 period that straddle the boundaries between swing, bop and even cool jazz.

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