Jimmy Rowles

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Jimmy Rowles made many recordings with Barney Kessel and Red Mitchell during his career, and the music on this disc also includes Mel Lewis and either trumpeter Pete Candoli or both tenor saxophonist Harold Land and vibraphonist Larry Bunker. Rowles and his musicians are fairly laid-back, with the exception of Candoli's sometimes-boisterous solos, such as on "All for You." In addition to the standards on the date, Rowles adds four originals, including the tasty mambo "El Tigre." This obscure-looking Interlude LP is bound to trip up unsuspecting Jimmy Rowles fans into thinking they have made quite a find. The 1958 quintet and sextet sessions featured on this enjoyable record briefly appeared under this title before being reissued on the Tampa album Let's Get Acquainted With Jazz (For People Who Hate Jazz), which has since been reissued with previously unreleased bonus tracks under its later title and cover on a V.S.O.P. CD.

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