Harry "Sweets" Edison

Sweets for the Sweet

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Veteran trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison is awash in strings on this collection of ballads originally recorded for the Sue label in 1965. The material includes established standards ("Willow Weep for Me" and "On Green Dolphin Street"), pop songs of the day (including a corny "Hello, Dolly" with honky tonk piano and "Call Me Irresponsible"), as well as a pair of originals ("Blues for Christine" and "Sweets for the Sweet") by the leader. Edison's solos, whether muted or with open horn, are enjoyable, though rather reserved due to the nature of the arrangements. His accompanists include either Gerry Wiggins or Don Abney on piano, Leroy Vinnegar or (possibly) Red Callendar on bass, and drummer Jackie Mills. The distortion present on several tracks within this CD reissue may be due to faulty engineering on the original sessions; in any case, this disc will be of minimal interest to jazz fans.

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