Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Al Grey - Basic Grey - Vinyl double album featuring trombonist Al Grey on Chess Records

This double LP reissues two complete albums by trombonist Al Grey (The Elder and Bluish Grey and The Al Grey-Billy Mitchell Sextet), plus seven of the ten numbers on Snap Your Fingers. Originally released by the Cadet label, this music features the colorful trombonist (long a master of the plunger mute, but also able to play fast boppish lines) in septets and an octet with such notable sidemen as trumpeters Joe Newman, Henry Boozier, Dave Burns and Donald Byrd, trombonist Bennie Powell, tenorman Billy Mitchell, pianist Herbie Hancock and (on two of his first sessions) vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson. The repertoire alternates swing standards, blues, and more modern pieces. Since this music has yet to be reissued on CD, this two-fer is definitely worth picking up.

A Double album at the same price as a single?!? Check it out!

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