George Wein

Swing That Music

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With a lineup comprised of flugelhornist Clark Terry, trumpeter Warren Vache, trombonist Al Grey, tenors Illinois Jacquet and Flip Phillips, guitarist Howard Alden, bassist Eddie Jones and drummer Kenny Washington, one would expect a lot of fireworks from the 1993 version of George Wein's Newport All-Stars. Unfortunately the music does not quite live up to one's expectations. Phillips and Jacquet (two veterans of Jazz at the Philharmonic) never trade off, C.T. and Vache get in each other's way during ensembles and Grey's uptempo blues ("Open Wider Please") ends quite inconclusively. There are some exciting moments, such as Clark Terry's Mumbles vocal on "Tain't What You Do," a ballad medley ("Tears" and "Nuages") by the duo of Phillips and Alden and a passionate R&Bish alto solo by Jacquet on a blues. The music is full of good humor but more planning would have made this enjoyable session into a great one.

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