Teo Macero

Swinging Guys and Dolls

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Teo Macero, best-known as a veteran producer, has also had a part-time career as a tenor saxophonist and a writer. For this set from 1959, Macero arranged 11 selections from the hit Broadway show Guys and Dolls and added two originals of his own that fit in well. Macero only plays tenor on three of the songs but he uses three different all-star groups that include vibraphonist Teddy Charles, guitarist Jimmy Raney, pianist Dave McKenna, altoist Phil Woods, valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, pianist Mose Allison, tenorman Zoot Sims and the French horn of Julius Watkins. Although some of the reworkings are a bit abstract, the melodies from the Frank Loesser score (which include "If I Were a Bell") are wisely kept in the forefront. A fine effort.