In the dog days of the late 1960s, rock drove down demand for jazz to the point where many Los Angeles players ended up in Hollywood studios or on the beach. They had to grab blowing opportunities where they could find them. Enough audience remained to allow the North Hollywood club called Donte’s to survive the drought and provide a haven for creative work. Among the part-time bands that operated at Donte’s was one led by the young trombonist and arranger Mike Barone. Barone’s writing radiated the freshness, surprise and sideways humor that also brightened his soloing. In the performances on this CD, the band responded in kind. The enjoyment of the musicians and the audience is palpable. The sidemen included luminaries like Buddy Childers, Bill Perkins, Med Flory, Jack Nimitz, Steve Huffsteter, John Guerin, and Mike Wofford.
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