Tommy Newsom and His TV Jazz Stars

Tommy Newsom

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Tommy Newsom and His TV Jazz Stars Review

by Scott Yanow

Tommy Newsom, best-known for his participation on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show (where he appeared as a straight man for Carson and Doc Severinsen's jokes) is also an excellent Zoot Sims-inspired tenor saxophonist. This CD, his long overdue debut as a leader, has two contrasting trumpeters in Snooky Young (who sings "It Don't Mean a Thing") and Conte Candoli and a strong rhythm section comprised of pianist Ross Tompkins, bassist David Stone and drummer Ed Shaughnessy. Switching to soprano on his multi-sectioned "Three Shades of Blues" and swinging on tenor in a Four Brothers vein elsewhere, Tommy Newsom's performance throughout the swinging set is quite impressive.

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