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Lew Green and Joe Muranyi: Together
This CD offers a brilliant collaboration showcasing cornetist Lew Green and clarinetist Joe Muranyi with a sterling rhythm section of bass sax, tuba and bass player Vince Giordano, guitarist and banjoist Bob Leary, Pianist Jeff Barnhart and drummer Danny Coots. Four members also are vocalists. This is a first session for these players together, first CD to co-star Lew and Joe and first American recording of two of Joe's original tunes.
All players shine in the spotlight at times, but use their skills to create a cohesive group sound and refreshing new versions of classic tunes, some seldom recorded. Tune suggestions by members resulted in an eclectic repertoire. Some charts were used and head arrangements evolved in rehearsals. Creative jamming also produced inimitable one-take treasures.