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Friday, February 3, 2023

Jazz For Playboys


Blues For A Playmate

Jazz For Playboys
Supervision: Ozzie Cadena
Engineer: Rudy Van Gelder
Notes by Jack McKinney
Savoy Record Co. MG-12095

From the back cover: Our exciting cover and feature theme was furnished by Ernie Wilkins, who writes scores as earthy as Hemingway, but with more of a beat. This tale is told in the first person by Joe Newman, trumpet; Frank Wess, flute; Kenny Burrell, solo guitar; Freddie Green, rhythm guitar; Ed Jones, bass and Ed Thigpen, drums. Not cuddling-up music by any means, this is cutting-up stuff which sets the feet a-tapping, featuring solo embellishments by Newman's muted trumpet, Wess's flute and Burrell's throbbing guitar statement, perhaps the finest solo of the entire date.

From Billboard - May 13, 1957: One of the better Basie-oriented sets, of which there are dozens available. It's jazz with broad appeal, with such good names as J. Newman, Freddie Green, Frank Wess – but, most important for this set – Kenny Burrell on solo guitar (there's no piano). Burrell shows that he's the real comet on the instrument. Wess, on flute and tenor, also turns in some of his best work to date. Plenty of happy happenings hereon. Also Savoy's best over in a long time.

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