Various Artists

Xanadu at Montreux, Vol. 4

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This four-LP series put out by Xanadu fully documents a marathon concert put on by the label (and featuring ten of its artists) at the 1978 Montreux Jazz Festival. The final volume has all ten of the players popping up in different situations (including an over-24-minute multi-tempoed blues "Royal Madness"). Everyone plays well and they all deserve mention: trumpeter Sam Noto, baritonist Ronnie Cuber, the tenors of Billy Mitchell and Al Cohn, guitarist Ted Dunbar, flutist Sam Most, pianists Barry Harris and Dolo Coker, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Frank Butler. Each of the sets are recommended to straightahead jazz fans with the second volume geting the edge.