Ya! Ya!

Budd Johnson

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Ya! Ya! Review

by Scott Yanow

Veteran tenor-saxophonist Budd Johnson teams up with trumpeter Charlie Shavers (18 months before his death), pianist Andre Persiani, bassist Roland Lobligeois, and drummer Oliver Jackson on this swing-oriented session which was reissued on CD after being out of print for many years. Johnson is in typically fine form on the seven selections (two of which were previously unreleased), displaying his distinctive tone. Shavers, however, was a little past his prime, still generating some excitement but not with the brilliant virtuosity that one associates with him. Best are "The Best Things in Life Are Free," "I'll Be Seeing You," and "Ya! Ya!"

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