Various Artists

North Sea Jazz Sessions [Jazz World]

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Four different American trumpeters sit in separately with a trio led by pianist Louis Van Dyke (also known as Louis Van Dijk) during sessions recorded between 1970 and 1975 for radio broadcast in Holland. Dizzy Gillespie alternates between muted and open horn in a superb take of "Autumn Leaves" and introduces the trio to his spirited blues "Quickly Home," which is powered by the crisp brushwork of drummer John Engels. Thad Jones covers "Deep Purple" and "Yours Is My Heart Alone," two once popular numbers that have long since faded from the repertoire of typical jazz musicians; each of these lovely ballads is beautifully interpreted by Jones and extends over ten minutes. During his 1972 session, Art Farmer is heard on flügelhorn, his instrument of choice at the time; Farmer's soft yet elegant takes of "A Sleeping Bee" and "Some Other Time" emphasize his lyrical playing. Conte Candoli, who recorded rather sporadically as a leader, lets sparks fly with a driving interpretation of "On Green Dolphin Street" and a swinging take of the old chestnut "S'posin'," showing the influence of Gillespie. This recommended European compilation may be somewhat difficult to find.

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