Serge Chaloff

Serge Chaloff and Boots Mussulli

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Serge Chaloff stands with Leo Parker, Cecil Payne, Sahib Shihab and Numa Pee Wee Moore in the hallowed pantheon of bebop's best baritone saxophonists (tenor man Charlie Ventura, who doubled marvelously on the big horn from time to time, could also be included in this lineup). A famous exponent of Woody Herman's Herd, Chaloff set the stage for the early maturity of Gerry Mulligan and the emergence of Pepper Adams. Serge Chaloff and Boots Mussulli paired Chaloff with alto saxophonist Boots Mussulli in front of pianist Russ Freeman, bassist Jimmy Woode and drummer Buzzy Drootin. Recorded in Boston on June 9, 1954, this is a pleasant album of five creatively interpreted standards and one Chaloff original: "Zoot" was almost certainly named for Chaloff's section mate in the Woody Herman Orchestra, tenor saxophonist and Lester Young devotee Zoot Sims.

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