Al Grey

Truly Wonderful

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The short-lived Al Grey-Jimmy Forrest quintet was formed when the pair left Count Basie's Orchestra in 1977 and ended upon Forrest's death in 1980. This hard-swinging CD features trombonist Grey (an expert with the plunger mute), tough-toned tenor Forrest, Shirley Scott (playing piano rather than organ), bassist John Duke, and drummer Bobby Durham in live performances from Rick's in Chicago. The straight-ahead music is quite enjoyable, with the highlights including Jay McShann's "Jumpin' Blues," Scott's "Blues Everywhere," and "Take the 'A' Train"; even "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" works. Recommended.

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