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Jack Sheldon: Playing for Change

Jack Sheldon-TV actor, antic vocalist and cut-up extraordinaire-also happens to be one hell of a trumpeter. Here, in a superb session from 1986, we get a telling reminder of just how compelling the Sheldon jazz persona is. It’s a no-nonsense date with a challengingly off-beat repertory (Curtis Fuller’s “Trane’s Strain,” Cecil Payne’s “Follow Me” and Tadd Dameron’s “The Chase,” for instance), and a solid supporting cast of altoist Jerry Dodgion, pianist Barry Harris, bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Ben Riley.

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