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Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Upper Classmen - Jimmy Rowles


El Tigre

Upper Classmen
Jimmy Rowles and His Upper Classmen
Cover Photo: Robert C. Buckram
Interlude MO 515

Jimmy Rowles - Piano
Barney Kessel - Guitar (courtesy of Contemporary Records)
Red Mitchell - Bass
Larry Bunker - Vibes
Pete Candoli - Trumpet
Mel Lewis - Drums
Harold Land - Tenor Sax

From Billboard - November 30, 1959: Neat but not gaudy small group jazz is the product of the septet fronted by Jimmy Rowles on piano. Nobody blows too hard and the result is a smooth-flowing, easy listening set. Barney Kessel's guitar is a big help, and there are also strong contributions from Pete Candoli (trumpet), Harold Land (tenor) and Larry Bunker (vibes), with Red Mitchell on bass and Mel Lewis on drums, included are "East Of The Sun," and a moody waltz-tempo "Lullaby Of Birdland."

Lullaby Of Birdland
Tea For Two
All For You
Body And Soul
El Tigre
Cheetas' For Two
The Cobra
East Of The Sun
The Blues

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