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Preston Love: Omaha Blues

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Best known to jazz historians and record collectors as lead altoman Earl Warren’s replacement in Count Basie’s 1943 to ’47 band, Preston Love, since then an accomplished tenorman and vocalist as well, went on to enjoy a wide and varied career in R&B and early rock-n-roll, largely in collaboration with lifetime friend Johnny Otis. Now, at 79 and still a masterly saxophonist, Love was called upon to record this, his first leader date since the ’50s/’60s period, when he was most recently active as a performer. The proof is here that Love has not lost a beat in the intervening years.

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