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Red Holloway: In the Red

Although primarily a West Coaster for the past 30 years, this ebullient 71-year-old tenorman got his grounding in Chicago in the ’40s where Gene Ammons became a major influence. Accompanied on this supreb 1997 date by pianist Norman Simmons, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, Holloway gets going bigtime on the opener, Dexter Gordon’s “The Chase,” on which he must really have fogged up the studio’s windows. Having just established their bop credentials, Red and Co. drift into a grittily luscious version of Ellington’s “In My Solitude” (he doesn’t sound too lonely, however).

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