Various Artists

USA All Stars in Berlin February 1955

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The Jazz at the Philharmonic All-Stars are featured on this enjoyable, if not quite essential CD imported from England. Trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Roy Eldridge, trombonist Bill Harris, tenor saxophonist Flip Phillips, pianist Oscar Peterson, guitarist Herb Ellis, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Louis Bellson stretch out on two fairly exciting jams and play a ballad medley. In addition, Bellson has a drum feature, the Oscar Peterson Trio romps through two songs, clarinetist Buddy DeFranco is showcased with Peterson on "Billie's Bounce," and Ella Fitzgerald sings the bright "Papa Loves Mambo" and scats throughout a brief "Perdido."

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