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Doc Severinsen and his Big Band: Swingin’ the Blues

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If it’s difficult to avoid a sense of cynicism regarding this studioman outing, it’s only because Severinsen’s highly polished product is too superficial, glitzy and redolent of 1960s Las Vegas show bands to be taken seriously as a jazz recording. Without question, the charts by former Tonight Show tenorman/straw boss Tommy Newsom, as well as those by altoman John Barnbridge, are right on target in the latter day Basie groove they aim for, but most of the solo playing, even by such seasoned vets as Bill Perkins, Ernie Watts, Ross Tompkins and Conte Condoli, fails to reveal any more inventiveness or enthusiasm than would be found on any other workaday log entry recording session.

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