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Harry Allen and Randy Sandke: The Music of Trumpet Kings

The paragon of jazz repertory-trained trumpeters, Randy Sandke not only commands a deep familiarity with the styles of his great predecessors, but he also has the musicianship to delineate their dimensions without ever resorting to imitation. He has demonstrated this chameleon-like adaptability many times before, and here he does so again, this time, however, in the company of tenorman Harry Allen, whose name should have followed rather than preceded Sandke’s in the billing, and the RIAS Big Band Berlin, a well-rehearsed and swinging 15-piece German orchestra under the direction of trombonist Jiggs Whigham.

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