“Happy” is the key word for this CD reissue of a session that appeared as an LP on the Palo Alto label 25 years ago, then sank out of sight. The playing and writing by the Barone brothers and their colleagues has the buoyancy and radiance of eight people having a fine time. That is due, in no small measure, to the drumming of the late Shelly Manne. The infectious spirit extends to Mike Barone’s solos on trombone, Gary Barone’s on trumpet and those of alto saxophonist Dick Spencer and pianist Theo Saunders. Tom Scott lays aside his tenor sax in favor of the breath-controlled analog synthesizer known as a Lyricon. He achieves a wild seat-of-the-pants feeling with the instrument and a surprising range of tonal colors.
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