Max Albright

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Studio drummer Max Albright's only session as a leader was one of the few releases for the short-lived Motif label; it has been reissued on LP by V.S.O.P. A variety of top L.A.-based musicians (including trumpeter John Anderson, Buddy Collette and William Green on reeds and pianist Gerald Wiggins) are heard from on the octet date. Collette and Anderson split the writing for the six standards evenly and each contributes three originals. This obscure session is melodic, swinging and worth searching for by fans of West Coast jazz.