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by Dr. Judith Schlesinger
Another gem for those who like their swing served straight up. Recorded in Texas at Willie Nelson's studio (!), this is a propulsive, happy session where the group doesn't catch its breath till past halfway with A Flower is a Lovesome Thing," the only ballad in the bunch. (Even When You Wish Upon a Star" is taken up-tempo.)
Butch Miles, a fine, slamming drummer in the Rich tradition, has a pedigree that includes two long stints with Basie, ...read more