Neal Hefti Quintet – Light and Right: The Modern Touch of the Neil Hefti Quintet (1956)

Neal Hefti Quintet - Light And Right (1956)
Artist: Neal Hefti Quintet
Album: Light and Right: The Modern Touch of the Neil Hefti Quintet
Genre: Swing, Big Band, Bop
Origin: USA
Released: 1956
Quality: mp3, 256 kbps
Tracklist:
You’re Just In Love
That Old Black Magic
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
It Had To Be You
You Do Something To Me
Mack The Knife
Poor People Of Paris
I Won’t Dance
September Song
Alexander’s Ragtime Band

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Neal Hefti, a fine trumpeter whose swing-based style hinted at bop, became a notable full-time arranger by the late 1940s. However, this obscure LP from the mid-’50s is a real surprise, for Hefti is featured playing trumpet on ten danceable numbers as part of an unidentified quintet. The last (and most extended) example of Neal Hefti’s decent abilities on trumpet, this date finds Hefti improvising melodically on such tunes as “That Old Black Magic,” “You Do Something to Me,” “Mack the Knife” and “I Won’t Dance.” Not essential music, but certainly a historical curiosity.
Review by Scott Yanow