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Friday, November 11, 2016

Do Anything You Wanna - Harold Betters

All Alone
Do Anything You Wanna
Harold Betters
Gateway Recordings, Inc.
GLP 7014

I'm not sure why Betters felt that a quirky image of him standing on a pile of firewood would help sell his album. However if the concept was really to do "anything you wanna"... I can't argue with the image choice. Not only is the cover curious, the set is also a quirky combination of quirky arrangements that range from lively to "mellow". Overall, to my ear, this is a find, engaging small combo jazz set that includes some nice uncredited guitar work.

From the back cover: Harold Betters is one of the most vibrantly exciting new sounds to ever enter the music field. His adeptness and musical sensitivity has rightfully earned him the title of "Mr. Trombone." Whether it's the down home sound of "Do What You Wanna," the fiery "Twist And Shout" or the mellow strains of "If I Had You," Harold Betters displays a genius for reaching the hearts of his audience.

To aid Harold in his brilliant arrangements, Chuck Ramsey and Res Lewellen keep a driving beat on the bass and drums respectfully, while John Thomas lends a hand with his unusual piano stylings.

In two years Betters has been with Gateway I have seen his reputation grow from coast-to-coast.

Do Anything You Want part 1
If I Had You
Tall Girl
All Alone
Twist And Shout
Do Anything You Wanna part 2
Second Time Around
Girl From Ipanema
Just Imagine
Hello Dolly

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