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Sam Arlen: Arlen Plays Arlen

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Arlen Plays Arlen is a celebration of the music of Harold Arlen recorded by his son, tenor saxophonist Sam Arlen, released during the centennial year of the legendary composer's birth. Comprised of performances by two big bands and one smaller, more intimate ensemble, the record is brassy, exuberant, and then unexpectedly tender--much like Arlen's songs.

The performances alternate between Arlen's best-known compositions and other more obscure numbers. This song selection does a fine job of highlighting efforts that sound fresher for lack of being overplayed. The little known “That's A Fine Kind O' Freedom from 1965 kicks off ...



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