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Max Greger and the RIAS Big Band: Swingtime

Read "Swingtime" reviewed by Jack Bowers

There are times when an album’s title is remarkably descriptive, and this is one of them. This is all about swinging, with Germany’s RIAS Big Band providing the backdrop for guest soloist Max Greger, an Earl Bostic/Tiny Bradshaw/Arnett Cobb–style tenor saxophonist from the “blow hard and blow ’em away” school of straight–from–the–shoulder ad–libs. Although his name appears above the marquee, Greger actually solos on only four numbers, and is abetted along the way by trumpeters Benny Bailey and Till Brönner, ...