Red Rodney

Red Tornado

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Red Rodney's string of Muse recordings in the 1970s found the trumpeter getting stronger album by album. For this date, he plays in the hard bop genre with trombonist Bill Watrous, George Young (doubling on tenor and flute), pianist Roland Hanna (who also plays some electric piano), bassist Sam Jones and drummer Billy Higgins. Although they perform four group originals and an obscurity, with Red's feature on "I Can't Get Started" being the only standard, most of the tunes are based either on blues or on earlier songs (including "originals" close to "So What" and "Cherokee"). Rodney sounds strong, and the highlights include "For Dizzy," "The Red Tornado" and "The Red Blues." As with Red Rodney's other Muse recordings, this one has not yet been reissued on CD.

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