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George Masso Sextet: C’est Magnifique!

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Followers of the Nagel-Heyer label know what to expect from this high quality, amazingly consistent German firm-hot, live, combo-jam performances by some of the best swing-oriented jazzmen in the world today-and this release will not let them down. Under the leadership of broad-toned, melodically imaginative trombonist George Masso, this 1999 Hamburg concert set features Boston trumpeter and flugelhornist Lou Columbo, Al Cohn/Zoot Sims-inspired tenorman Harry Allen and the typically well-meshed rhythm team of pianist Johnny Varro, acoustic bassist Phil Flanigan, a master of the “slap” technique, and veteran big-band and combo drummer Jake Hanna.

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