Ira Sullivan

The Incredible Ira Sullivan

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The title of this LP is not hype, for Ira Sullivan throughout the date shows off his impressive improvising skills on trumpet, fl├╝gelhorn, alto, tenor, and flute, sometimes overdubbing (mostly for melody statements). Joined by pianist Hank Jones, bassist Eddie Gomez, and drummer Duffy Jackson, Sullivan plays several straight-ahead standards (including "Our Delight," "Bernie's Tune," and "Satin Doll"), along with some newer pieces. He displays both his mastery of bop and of more advanced (and freer) ideas. A pretty definitive session by the underrated Ira Sullivan.

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