This album, trumpeter Vitale’s second on the Swiss-based TCB label, is a throwback to the ’50s and early ’60s. I wouldn’t consider it retro-jazz or repertory jazz in the current sense of those terms; it’s more like a living tradition passed along by some players who arrived at the end of those days and found sustenance therein. Vitale’s trumpet, heard for the last five years with Frank Sinatra and Frank, Jr., is spare and soulful in the tradition of Kenny Dorham. Lalama’s tenor, baptized in the big band fires of Herman, Rich, and Thad Jones-Mel Lewis, is reminiscent at times of Hank Mobley.
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