Al Cohn

The Birdland Stars on Tour

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This double-LP from French RCA features the Birdland All-Stars, a top notch septet of musicians who frequently played at Birdland. Tenor saxophonist Al Cohn was the leader and director although the group split their repertoire evenly between Manny Albam and Ernie Wilkins originals. Despite the unfamilarity of the material (none of these songs caught on), the music is consistently rewarding as one would expect from a group consisting of Cohn, trumpeters Conte Candoli and Kenny Dorham, altoist Phil Woods, pianist Hank Jones, bassist John Simmons and drummer Kenny Clarke.