Onyx, one of the top bop reissue labels of the '70s, has been out of business for quite awhile, but its LPs are still valuable, and not just because they are rare. This set, the first of two to salute a variety of trumpeters, has small-group swing that was beginning to be influenced by the bop revolution. Trumpeter Joe Thomas, a fine Dixie/swing player, heads a quintet that also features the tenor of Ted Nash and pianist Bernie Leighton. Hot Lips Page plays and sings with his sextet on five numbers and an alternate take before Charlie Shavers (who takes a rare vocal on "She's Funny That Way") teams up with clarinetist Buddy DeFranco for six spirited numbers. Enjoyable music that unfortunately will be difficult to find.
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