Arnett Cobb

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Tenor saxophonist Arnett Cobb's next-to-last recording was cut at a concert in Houston that was held to celebrate his 69th birthday. Cobb is in typically fine form. He plays three numbers with a rhythm section comprised of four local players; best is "Just a Closer Walk with Thee" although the lack of any romps is disappointing. His friend trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie helps out on two songs, an okay version of "Night in Tunisia" (Dizzy was past his prime) and "Sweet Mama" which contains some of Gillespie's humorous vocalizing. Jewel Brown, best-known for singing with Louis Armstrong in the 1960s, made her first public appearance in 17 years for this date, resulting in two so-so numbers. Closing the album is veteran pianist Sammy Price jamming a blues in a trio. This CD is a mixed bag, not essential but generally quite interesting.

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