Chubby Jackson

Lucky 7

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Time Is was an extremely short-lived label that put out a few valuable CDs in the early '90s. The Lucky 7 live session recorded at Swiss Chalet in Miami looks better than it actually is. The presence of Arnett Cobb, Nat Adderley, and Frank Rosolino in the front line seems like it would be a winner, but the music is rather primitively recorded, sounding as if it was taped by one of the musicians with the microphone near the drums and bass. The horns are rather muddy for the most part and buried beneath the rhythm section, though pianist Dolphe Castellano suffers the same fate. Rosolino especially shines with his humorous solo in "I'll Remember April." The program is a good one, with extended treatments of "Bag's Groove," "The Preacher," and "Red Top." But it is a shame that a professional-sounding recording wasn't made instead of this amateurish effort.

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