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Mac, and Smokin’ Section Gollehon: Live at the Blue Note

This is the third outing for the veteran session trumpeter with the take-no-prisoners attitude. Smokin’ Section is an apt band name, as no sooner is the stage announcer’s intro delivered than Mac and the boys are off and sprinting, putting a raw blister on Nat Adderley’s “Sticks.” First up is baritone sax ace Ronnie Cuber, throwing down the gauntlet for Mac, whose muscular solo climaxes with a high note display that would do Cootie Williams proud. When he goes for the stratosphere on Lee Morgan’s “Short Count,” one is tempted to caution him to ease up a bit fella, the music’ll still be there when you’re done.

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