Sam Noto

Notes to You

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With such tunes as "Quasinoto" and "Cross Chris," one might think that Sam Noto's third Xanadu date was filled with standards, but actually, "'Round Midnight" is the only one of the six songs not composed by the trumepter. The boppish music finds Noto, tenor saxophonist Joe Romano, baritonist Ronnie Cuber, pianist Jimmy Rowles, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Freddie Waits in excellent form, jamming effortlessly over the sometimes complex chord changes. A fine outing not yet available on CD.

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