Both a generous sampling of the composing talents of Thad Jones (the album is also Arbors’ Great American Composers Series, Vol. 3; Vol. 1, also by Robinson, honored Louis Armstrong) and the instrumental versatility of Scott Robinson, this album is an enticing aperitif that should enhance listeners’ appreciation of composer and musician. For one thing, it firmly establishes Robinson’s stylistic, as well as instrumental, versatility, pulling him out of the trad-jazz pigeonhole where he’s sometimes unfairly relegated. For another, it highlights the adaptability and melodicism of Jones’ works in taking them far from orchestral settings.
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