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This is the kind of record that a self respecting jazz fan will immediately take out of the CD player and hide if someone comes a visiting. Built around Teddy Phillips sugary sweet alto and surrounded by a bevy of strings, this is easy listening music in the Hugo Winterhalter sense. Phillips will remind some of the great English alto player of the 1940's, Freddie Gardner, although Gardner had a bit more zip. Phillips has built a career on this kind of music as well as replicating the hits of the big bands, both on record and in live performance. He has also been a staff musician on CBS, ABC and NBC networks and started his own band in the early fifties becoming a prominent fixture at ballrooms and dance halls, especially in the Midwest.
This CD is a reissue of an earlier LP and that's the reason for the scant playing time. It's good for reading, working at the computer and for dancing. But have a ready place where you can squirrel it away before jazz visitors see it.
Track Listing: Faithful; Clair de Lune; I Married an Angel; Words of Love; Ramona; Nocturnal Dream; Swan Lake; For Want of a Star; Cloudburst; Tango of Roses; Misirlou; What Happens When Love Dies*
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.