Franz Jackson

Swing Thing

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Veteran tenor saxophonist Franz Jackson, who was playing major jobs by the early '30s, was 71 when he recorded this fine swing set. The music was not released for the initial time until 11 years later on this CD. Jackson, whose gruff tone on tenor is a little reminiscent of Coleman Hawkins, works well with the obscure but talented trumpeter Norm Murphy, who in spots hints slightly at Roy Eldridge. The rhythm section, led by pianist Dave Remington, has a few features, but it is for the sparks generated by the two horns that this fun date is recommended. Highlights include "Sometimes I'm Happy," "Indiana," "Blue Skies," and "Nobody's Sweetheart Now."

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