Red Holloway has got the blues. Ha ha! That’s a good one. A real good one. *sigh* Ol’ Red also has a bluesy new CD, Coast to Coast, for Milestone, which follows 2001’s exuberantly titled Keep That Groove Going! (Sure thing, Red!).
On that last CD Holloway sparred with fellow tenor saxophonist Plas Johnson. For Coast to Coast Frank Wess steps up into the ring for a clash of tenor titans. The two have known each other for 40 years, ever since Holloway moved from Chicago to New York City to play in Lloyd Price’s big band. Wess played with Count Basie at that time, and the two tenorists lived in the President Hotel in the Big Apple (when they weren’t on the road, which was most of the time).