Rex Stewart

Redhead

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In the late '50s, many jazz musicians were persuaded by record labels to record their interpretations of songs taken from the scores of Broadway shows. The play Redhead is long forgotten, as are virtually all of the songs from the show (other than maybe "My Girl Is Just Enough Woman for Me"). Cornetist Rex Stewart's quintet (which includes guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, bassist Leonard Gaskin, drummer Mousey Alexander and either pianist John Bunch or Joe Venuto on marimba) does its best, but these numbers (which include "Uncle Sam Rag," "Erbie Fitch's Dilemma" and "Pick-Pocket Tango") are largely beyond help. This obscure album is for Rex Stewart completists.