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Monday, August 1, 2022

That's Where It Is! - Junior Mance


God Bless The Child

That's Where It Is!
A Superb Performance By
The Junior Mance Trio
Produced by David Cavanaugh
Capitol Records T 2393

From the back cover: The group is the superb Junior Mance Trio – three expert musicians who have been playing around the country together in key jazz spots, so already had a head start on the relaxed, interpersonal "think as one" sound that only night after night of performing together in all kinds of situations can bring.

Junior Mance has been called, by eminent jazz critics, "the best of the  younger blues-rooted pianists" and "one of the most swinging of contemporary pianists." He solidly rated both tributes. Junior no sooner made it big on the jazz scene than he won a Down Beat new star award in 1961m and he has gone right on to become a jazz star and jazz master who is warmly and enthusiastically respected by critics, the jazz public and his fellow musicians, both as an outstanding pianist and a uniquely likable man.

Bobby Thomas is a rare architect of percussive sound whose experience has been as widespread as a stint with the Herbie Mann group and a period of service as percussionist with Ballet U.S.A. Pushing the beat and drive for the Trio, or taking the solo spotlight, he has the buoyantly surging swing of the finest jazz drummers.

George Tucker was house bassist and leader at Minton's Play House, and his previous group alliances have placed him in the distinguished company or such musicians as Earl Bostic, John Coltrane and Sonny Stott. He's a throbbing, singing bassist of astonishing tone and strength whose instrument now pulsates with the locomotive vigor of a ship's engine and now sings out like a horn.

From Billboard - October 9, 1963: A manor jazz poll award winner, blues-rooted Mance presents sensitive interpretations of material ranging from Gershwin and Handy to his own originals. This is the sort of relaxed yet swinging-after-hours jazz that almost anyone can curl up with. Strong traditional background with a deft new touch.

Wabash Blues
In The Dark
The Host (W.L.Y.T.M.)
I've Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
I Want A Little Girl
That's Where It Is!
St. Louis Blues
It Ain't Necessarily So
Caribe Blues
God Bless The Child
Hanky Panky

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