Leila Percy & Don Doane: It's Magic
Not all the songs are romantic, sentimental ballads. For those who like to swing, there's a rousing instrumental "Jumping with Symphony Sid", and a bouncing arrangement of Horace Silver's "Sister Sadie". The latter features some fine piano by Gerry Wright and tailgate trombone by Doane. I suspect that this is an arrangement not contemplated by Silver when he wrote this funky tune. But what Doane and group do with it works.
With Doane's Tommy Dorsey-influenced (with a touch of Jack Teagarden) trombone, Joe LaFlamme and Ralph Norris tenors from the Coleman Hawkins school, backed by the strong rhythm of Wright, Al Doane and Paul Jensen and Percy's warbling on the slow stuff, makes this a fun and entertaining album. Recommended.
Track Listing: All I Do Is Dream of You*; I Can't Begin to Tell You*; Don't Blame Me*; Sister Sadie; It's Magic; Everything Happens to Me*; When I Grow too Old to Dream*; Recado; A Tree in the Meadow*; Strolling; When I Lost You*; Everytime We Say Goodbye*; Song for My Father; Say It Isn't So*; Jumping with Symphony Sid; Since Tommy's Gone*
Personnel: Leila Jane Percy - Vocals*; Don Doane - Trombone; Ralph Norris, Joe LaFlamme - Tenor Saxophone; Gerry Wright - Piano; Al Doane - Bass; Paul Jensen - Drums
Record Label: Invisible Music Records