Ted Curson

Snake Johnson

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Trumpeter Ted Curson plays his own interpretations of advanced hard bop on this somewhat obscure LP. He utilizes a larger group than usual (an octet with baritonist Nick Brignola, tenor- saxophonist Bill Barron, altoist Charlie Williams, pianist Jim McNeely, bassist David Friesen, drummer Steve McCall and percussionist Lawrence Killian) to perform six of his quirky but often-swinging originals including "Snake Johnson," "Searching for the Blues" and "LSD, Take a Holiday."