Reference: FSRCD 555
Bar code: 8427328605557
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These superbly swinging Louis Bellson quintet sides are a showcase for some outstanding soloists. On the first date, Zoot is in top form, with 'Love for Sale' offering some of his best playing on record, while Shavers stays within the bounds of good taste and conceptual interest, blowing with his characteristic verve. Duviviers bass is a lithe, swinging asset, marked by his usual wonderful tone and great rhythmic power, while Don Abney plays apt piano throughout. Louies exercise, too, is unusually interesting and should be a must for drum students.
On the second session, Seldon Powell is on tenor, playing with soul, ease and lightness, but always with authority. Wendell Marshall provides a full, solid and dependable bass, and Lou Steins piano transmits his signature strong beat. The final result is a relaxed but combustible blend of swing era and mainstream modern jazz that still retains its freshness and enjoyment.