Mexican Bandit Meets Pittsburg Pirate

Paul Gonsalves

Mexican Bandit Meets Pittsburg Pirate
  • CAT # OJCCD-751-25

    1. 5400 North 6:50
    2. I Cover The Waterfront 3:55
    3. C-Jam Blues 4:12
    4. Body And Soul 5:16
    5. It's The Talk Of The Town 5:03
    6. Somebody Loves Me 5:27
    7. Satin Doll (instrumental) 3:57

This affirmative jam session from 1973 finds mainstream giants on their game. Roy Eldridge, still fierce and daring in his trumpet choruses (and equally spry in his one vocal), clearly relishes the stimulation provided by Duke Ellington tenor star Paul Gonsalves. In one of his too-rare small group recordings, Gonsalves displays his usual strength and indulges his special ballad talents on two tracks. The significant space afforded neglected veteran pianist Cliff Smalls also adds to the historical significance of this hard-swinging date.

with Cliff Smalls, Sam Jones, Eddie Locke

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