Howard McGhee

South Pacific Jazz

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Originally half of a Savoy two-LP set, this single CD features trumpeter Howard McGhee and a potentially interesting sextet (with trombonist J.J. Johnson and Rudy Williams on tenor) at concerts performed in Guam. After a rather slapdash history of jazz segment, the band digs into more familiar music with some hard-swinging results. The lack of a piano leaves a large gap in the ensembles (despite the presence of guitarist Clifton Best) and it is strange to hear Rudy Williams (formerly a swing altoist) as an R&Bish tenor. Although not essential, Howard McGhee fans will want to pick this up if they do not already own the LP two-fer.

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