Persuasive Trombone of Urbie Green, Vol. 2

Urbie Green

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Persuasive Trombone of Urbie Green, Vol. 2 Review

by Ken Dryden

This follow-up volume to an earlier Command LP features trombonist Urbie Green leading an orchestra through a dozen arrangements by Ralph Burns. The primary emphasis is on Green's mellow solos and the ensemble passages, so there's a certain sameness from track to track, though all of the music is enjoyable. Fortunately, tracks such as the swinging "No Moon at All" showcase a greater range of individual musicians within the orchestra. It's a bit odd that no personnel list is provided on the album jacket, as the players include trumpeter Joe Wilder, alto saxophonist Walt Levinsky, Eddie Costa (who evidently plays both piano and vibes), and bassist Bob Haggart. Unlike many recordings produced by Enoch Light for the label, this one swings too hard to possibly be mistaken for easy listening. Though the 1962 release is long out of print, don't be surprised to run across a copy of it.

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