Eddie Miller

With A Little Help From My Friends

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Tenor saxophonist Eddie Miller's only recording as a leader during 1959-70 is a complete waste. The masterful swing tenor, who always had a beautiful tone, was playing with Pete Fountain's group in the late 1960s, and Fountain is on about half of this LP. Unfortunately, Miller was persuaded to perform horrendous arrangements with a harpsichord and a string quartet. Miller sticks to the melody during such material as "Alfie," "With a Little Help From My Friends" and the "Theme From Mission Impossible," and even the better tunes ("What's New," "Sophisticated Lady" and "Out of Nowhere") are sunk by the Muzak-y charts. This album is even worse than it looks.