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Junior Mance: Junior Mance & the Floating Jazz Festival Trio

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Recorded in 1997 aboard the S/S Norway, this album reunites pianist Mance with bassist Keter Betts and drummer Jackie Williams, with guests Henry Johnston (guitar) and Red Holloway (alto saxophone) on one track each. Mance’s bluesy, swinging, on-top-of-the-beat style, Betts’ hefty tone and stepping beat, and Williams’ graceful, Fred Astaire-like moves are a delightful ensemble combination (as also exhibited by the trio’s two previous shipboard recordings on Chiaroscuro).

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