Urbie Green

Lyrical Language of Urbie Green

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If one eliminates trombonist Urbie Green's dance-band records of the '50s and his mood and sometimes gimmicky sessions of the 1960s, he has recorded surprisingly few albums through the years as a leader in a jazz context. This excellent effort was one of his best, a septet session in which Marion Evans provided the arrangements and four of the ten selections. Green is in top form (he has always been quite consistent) and shows off his beautiful tone in a septet with the underrated trumpeter Doug Mettome, Ike Horowitz and Danny Bank on reeds, pianist Jimmy Lyon, bassist Oscar Pettiford and either Osie Johnson or Jimmy Campbell on drums. The intriguing set has been reissued on CD.

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