Charlie Rouse

The Upper Manhattan Jazz Society

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Veteran tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse plays some high-quality post-bop on this quintet set with trumpeter Benny Bailey (in top form), pianist Albert Dailey, bassist Buster Williams and drummer Keith Copeland. The music is quite modern and none of the pieces (originals by Rouse, Dailey and Fritz Pauer, plus two ballads from pianist John Hicks) have exactly caught on. However, the blend and contrast between Rouse and Bailey, plus the strong rhythm section, makes this a set of interest to collectors of acoustic jazz.

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