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Cy Touff & Sandy Mosse: Tickle Toe

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Time has its wrinkles. Within its folds can lie discoveries that make the heart happy like this album recorded by Cy Touff (bass trumpet) and Sandy Mosse (tenor sax) in 1981. The two had called on John Campbell (piano), Kelly Sill (bass) and Jerry Coleman (drums) and entered Universal Studios for a session of mainstream tunes. However, the music lay dormant for several years. The dust has finally been cleared and the music has now been released.

Touff and Mosse had played together during the fifties before the latter moved to Amsterdam. That the empathy between them had not diminished ...

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Cy Touff/Sandy Mosse: Tickle Toe

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The pairing-up of jazz personalities often fails to live up to the hype, falling short of listener expectations. Musical camaraderie is not something that can simply be conjured up by outside sources--despite the ongoing efforts of record labels and festival promoters. Successful musical partnerships are more often than not the result of experiential similarities between artists, with regard to a particular era or style. A fine example of this can be heard on Tickle Toe, a long-lost Chicago session from 1981 featuring bass trumpeter Cy Touff and tenor saxophonist Sandy Mosse.

With a fiery rhythm section and a set of ...

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Cy Touf / Sandy Mosse: Tickle Toe

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These co-leaders had been stalwarts of the scene for decades by the time they cut these sides in Chicago in 1981. They worked that rich seam of post-bop music that conversely looked back to the music immediately prior to that significant shift. Here, they lay out their credentials in the company of a rhythm section that's right in the pocket and alert to every twist and turn the music takes.

In the early years of his career, tenor saxophonist Sandy Mosse recorded with Django Reinhardt and it's not difficult to see how he could have held his own ...

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Bill Perkins/Cy Touff (Pacific Jazz/West Coast Classics: The Bill Perkins Octet: On Stage/Cy Touff: His Octet and Quintet

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When I was a Wee Lad. The first jazz recording I bought was Miles Davis' Kind of Blue. I was 13 or 14 years old and was starting to listen to other than the current popular music of the day. That was 1973. I did not listen to another jazz recording until 10 years later. I was having an eye examination and my ophthalmologist, an alto player, and I started a conversation about jazz. He told me if I was interested he would make me a couple of tapes of representative alto players.

I told him I was interested and ...



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