Various Artists

Tour de Force [Concord Jazz]

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This two-LP set documents a concert held in Tokyo and is quite a tenor tour de force. Al Cohn, Scott Hamilton and Buddy Tate battle it out, interpret ballads and swing hard on the standards and basic material. With guitarist Cal Collins, pianist Dave McKenna, bassist Bob Maize and drummer Jake Hanna keeping the proceedings swinging hard, this is the type of no-nonsense program that gave Concord such a solid reputation as one of the top mainstream jazz labels of the 1980s.