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Cy Touff

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Cy (Cyril James) Touff played bass trumpet, an unusual horn then and now. He took up the instrument in the late 1940s, having earlier played piano, saxophone, xylophone, trumpet and trombone. He studied with Lennie Tristano in his native Chicago, and played with a number of band leaders there. He worked with Woody Herman from 1953-6, and spent time on the west coast, where he performed and recorded with Ritchie Kamuca and others. He returned to Chicago in the mid-50s, and continued to perform and do session work into the 1980s.

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Al Muirhead: Northern Adventures

Read "Northern Adventures" reviewed by Jack Bowers


When you've been a musician as long as Al Muirhead has, you not only earn many friends in the business, you also recognize who among them can play. For Northern Adventures, Muirhead's second album as leader of his own group, the eighty-one-year-old Canadian trumpeter assembled a who's who of the finest musicians his country has to ...

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Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra: Portraits and Places

Read "Portraits and Places" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Scott Reeves formed his splendid New York-based orchestra eight years ago, in 2008, and while Portraits and Places marks its recorded debut, Reeves spent a number of years before that sharpening his composing and arranging skills at the highly regarded BMI Jazz Composers Workshop where he received tutelage and counsel from Manny Albam, Mike Abene, Jim ...

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Everyone's Buzzin': The Complete Bee Hive Sessions

Read "Everyone's Buzzin': The Complete Bee Hive Sessions" reviewed by David Rickert


The idea behind Jim and Susan Neumann's Bee Hive label was simple: gather together a bunch of great musicians for recording dates and let them play whatever they wanted. The sessions were led by talented musicians who may not have received the recognition they deserved in the jazz heyday of the fifties and early sixties -names ...

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Red Holloway: Go Red Go!

Read "Go Red Go!" reviewed by Nic Jones


For disingenuous reasons Go Red Go! is a good companion for Cy Touff and Sandy Mosse's Tickle Toe which Delmark reissued in 2008. Both albums offer up straight-ahead mainstream jazz of the most worthwhile order performed by men who know the territory inside out. The crucial difference between the two is that while Touff and Mosse ...

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Tickle Toe

Label: Delmark Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: Tickle Toe; Centerpiece; The Man I Love; Allen

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Cy Touff & Sandy Mosse: Tickle Toe

Read "Tickle Toe" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


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. ...

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Cy Touff/Sandy Mosse: Tickle Toe

Read "Tickle Toe" reviewed by John Barron


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, ...

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Cy Touf / Sandy Mosse: Tickle Toe

Read "Tickle Toe" reviewed by Nic Jones


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 ...

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Keester Parade

Label: Philips
Released: 1962


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