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Hamiet Bluiett: King/Bluiett Trio: Makin’ Whoopee

Baritone saxist Hamiet Bluiett and tenorman David Murray have been half of World Saxophone Quartet since its inception while alto and soprano saxophonist Eric Person had a brief stint with the group. Outside that hallowed institution, they all continue to pursue startling music as well.

Bluiett’s blustery baritone seems an unlikely front for a tribute to the Nat King Cole Trio, yet on Makin’ Whoopee, his horn subs for Cole’s piano and the result is rather striking. The trio includes bassist Keter Betts and guitar duties split between Rodney Jones and Ed Cherry. Together they put a fresh face on Cole’s piano trio repertoire including “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” “Sweet Lorraine,” “Walkin’ My Baby Back Home” and “Christmas Song.” On Bobby Troup’s classic, “Route 66,” they’re joined by narrator Myrrh, who delivers a fun-filled commentary of life on the road while the group plays on.

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