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Bill Trujillo/Carl Fontana: It’s Tru

Veterans of such big bands as Woody Herman’s and Stan Kenton’s, and long-time participants in the Las Vegas music scene, tenorist Bill Trujillo and trombonist Carl Fontana bring to this set of standards and Trujillo originals the confidence and competence afforded by a lifetime of rich experience. Trujillo exhibits the pure tonal concept and general approach to phrasing of Lestorian brothers Stan Getz and Zoot Sims, whom he lists among his favorites. In fact, his booting phrases on up-tunes such as “Like ‘Zoot'” might even fool a Sims fan, while the Getz influence is more likely to show up in his graceful work on ballads like “Here’s That Rainy Day.”

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