Various Artists

Sax at Midnight [Charly]

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While the title is quite unforgivable, the contents contained within are a pure delight. With images of circa-1982 spandex sunsets banished from the mind, one can dig into a set of sparkling blues and ballads by a stellar lineup. The majority here is taken from the hard bop years of the '50s and '60s and includes such highlights as Dexter Gordon's sublime "What's New?," Eddie Harris' "Alicia," and a young Wayne Shorter's "Albatross." And the rest is not shabby either, what with the likes of Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Cannonball Adderley, and Clifford Jordan in attendance. Cover up that ghastly cover art and enjoy.

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