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Harry Goldson: Plays the Big Band Sessions

Using new singing arrangements in the classic big band style by Bob Florence, Lon Norman, Gary Urwin, and Dan Higgins, clarinetist Goldson and altoman/director Pat Longo employ to their advantage such L.A. jazz session men as Lanny Morgan, Kim Richmond, Terry Harrington, Jack Nimitz, Frank Szabo, George Graham, Brian O’Rourke, and Frankie Capp in this performance of 14 hallowed standards from the Swing Era. The level of musicmanship is exceptionally high throughout, and the long submerged Goldson-until recently a 40-year career investment banker and C.P.A.-does not disappoint. Indeed, he emerges as a impressively strong lead clarinetist and a well-intoned jazz soloist with a affinity for Abe Most and Buddy DeFranco, and, more basically, Artie Shaw and Benny Goldman.

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