Maxwell Davis

Persistent Percussion

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The Kent label's cash in Xerox of the Persuasive Percussion album from Command Records is moderately entertaining as any of these stereo percussion LPs are, with Maxwell Davis (not the bluesman) doing the arranging. There's the Martin Denny-esque number "Percussion in Paradise," two Hawaiian standards, and the other prerequisite around-the-world numbers, "Song of India" and "I Love Paris." The band, the Persistent Percussion All-Stars are made up of several well-respected West Coast jazz musicians such as Larry Bunker, Gene Estes, and Pete Jolly, to name a few, putting in a few days of session work to make a few bucks. Only on a few songs, namely "Percussion in Paradise," with a nice piano solo from Jolly, does that jazz heritage show its face.

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