Jack Sheldon

Playin' It Straight

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This very well recorded LP (which is out of print) helped end a shortage of albums by trumpeter Jack Sheldon. He is heard with top musicians taken from the Tonight Show Band (tenor Pete Christlieb, altoist Tommy Newsom, pianist Alan Broadbent, guitarist Mundell Lowe, bassist Joel DiBartolo and drummer Ed Shaughnessy) performing Don Menza's "Playing It Straight," the jam tune "Steeplechase" and six familiar standards. Sheldon, who sticks here exclusively to playing trumpet, sounds perfectly at home in the boppish setting, and all of the musicians solo with plenty of spirit and swing.