Thoroughly enjoyable. Although the live recording venue does him no favors, alto saxophonist Al Belletto - yes, the same Al Belletto whose swinging sextet recorded for Capitol, Bethlehem and other labels in the mid-'50s and '60s - has assembled quite an admirable big band way down yonder in his New Orleans home. Among its sidemen are some of the area's finest mainstream players including drummer John Vidacovich, saxophonists Ray Moore and Frank Mayes, trombonist Rick Trolsen, pianist John Mahoney, and trumpeters Bobby Campo, Jamil Sharif and Erik Jekabson. In this debut session, recorded at cavernous Christ Church Cathedral, the band ...read more
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