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Jazz For The Open Road by Various Artists

A concept album? Nah. Well, sort of--there's a "dame" hitching a ride on the vaguely film-noir-ish cover pic, but there's not quite enough songs about travel by car on this CD to complete the "road theme." But that's OK--it's a dandy sampler of the label 32 Jazz's catalog, which is reissuing albums originally on the Muse label (and in some cases, releasing previously-unreleased material).

I mean, you got the big-toned Kansas City tenor of Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis doing the Torme/Mann hit "Comin' Home Baby," the bluesy tenor of Ray Charles' right-hand man David "Fathead" Newman, the unfairly under-appreciated alto of the late Sonny Criss (a great "All the Things You Are") and le organ du jass, courtesy of Richard "Groove" Holmes and "Big" John Patton (behind Grant Green). You get lots of styles, lots of variety and you get acquainted with a wealth of good, down-to-earth jazz that'll help your commute along, no matter what your mode of travel. (And it'd make a good gift for someone, to give him/her a good cross-section of mainstream jazz.)

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Various Artists
  • CD Title: Jazz For The Open Road
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 1998
  • Record Label: 32 Jazz
  • Musicians: Grant Green, Woody Shaw, Donald Byrd, Sonny Criss, Roomful of Blues
  • Rating: Five Stars
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