Dolo Coker – Dolo! (1976)

Dolo Coker - Dolo! (1976)
Artist: Dolo Coker
Album: Dolo!
Genre: Bop
Origin: USA
Released: 1976
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps

1. Dolo
2. Affair In Havana
3. Lady Hawthorne, Please
4. Field Day
5. Never Let Me Go
6. Smack Up


Although by 1976 pianist Dolo Coker had already had a lengthy career, this quintet session was his first opportunity to record as a leader. Four of the six songs are his (three of those were written in 1959), and along with Harold Land’s “Smack Up,” they are performed in swinging fashion by Coker, trumpeter Blue Mitchell, Land on tenor, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and drummer Frank Butler. The remaining track, “Never Let Me Go,” gives the trio a chance to be featured. The music is as hard swinging as one would expect from this personnel; fortunately, Coker would lead three more Xanadu albums within the next two years.
Review by Scott Yanow

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