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Allen Eager: In the Land of Oo-Bla-Dee

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I’ve got a soft spot for CDs comprised of old air checks and private tapes from the ’40s and ’50s, probably owing to the fact that some of my earliest listening to bebop came via bootleg Charlie Parker LPs from that era. For someone like me, this album is an irresistible find. Not only does it give us a look at the once popular if now somewhat forgotten tenor saxophonist Allen Eager; it also includes obscure tracks featuring, among others, Parker and Bud Powell. Finally, it gives as a rare chance to hear a pair of near-mythical and ill-fated musicians, baritone saxist Serge Chaloff and pianist Dick Twardzik.

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