Cecil Payne

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Other than eight titles cut for Decca in 1949, this LP has baritonist Cecil Payne's first two sessions as a leader. Payne is well showcased on four quartet numbers with pianist Duke Jordan, bassist Tommy Potter and drummer Art Taylor, while the other four selections add trumpeter Kenny Dorham. There are three jazz standards, including "This Time the Dream's on Me" and "Groovin' High," two Randy Weston songs (Payne's employer at the time), and three by the leader. There have been relatively few dates headed by Payne, who in the late '90s was one of the last survivors of the bebop era, and virtually all of his sessions are recommended. Hopefully, Savoy will reissue this swinging effort on CD.