Remastered Using Pure Analogue Components Only from the Master Tapes Through To the Cutting Head
As a soloist, Al Cohn may not have been as inspired a tenor sax player as his colleague Zoot Sims, but he was a superb arranger, an unprofitable yet highly important function when it comes to such workshops. And though Manny Albam also played the baritone sax, his real instrument was the pen. He arranged not only jazz, but also film music and musicals. His arrangements were multi-faceted and tailor-made to suit the accomplishments of the individual instrumentalists.
For this particular Jazz Workshop from 1955, the record company RCA-Victor could afford the services of excellent session musicians: Joe Newman and Freddie Green came from the Basie Band, Al Cohn, Bernie Glow, and Nick Travis from the Woody Herman Band, and the studio musicians Dick Katz, Buddy Jones and Osie Johnson were present at all times of day and night anyway. As long as you don't expect fierce battles between five tenors, or six tweeters on the trumpet, then you will enjoy this LP with its swinging, relaxed improvisations on such works as "Rosetta," "Linger Awhile" and "I'm Coming Virginia" - and you will realize that Lester Young's sound has been heard, cultivated and further developed by these musicians.
Four trumpets, a tenor sax, and then a piano, guitar, bass and drums into the bargain - that's certainly no common ensemble, but it certainly is a good reason to purchase this LP. And for certain, this album has been missing in your collection to this day. This Speakers Corner 180g vinyl reissue was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head.
Al Cohn, tenor saxophone
Dick Katz, piano
Freddie Green, guitar
Buddy Jones, bass
Osie Johnson, drums
Bart Valve / Bernie Glow / Joe Newman / Joe Wilder / Nick Travis / Phil Sunkel, trumpet
Nick Travis, valve trumpet