KENNY CLARKE FRANCY BOLAND AND COMPANY - THE GOLDEN 8
A fantastic session from the early days of the Clarke-Boland Big Band! The record was cut in 1961, under the aegis of Gigi Campi and it features a core group that would later grow into the much-respected CBBB unit during the MPS years. Players include Jimmy Woode, Derek Humble, Karl Drewo, and the fantastic Dusko Goykovich all very unusual musicians to be working on a Blue Note set, and some of the best European soloists at the time. Tracks are shorter than on later albums by the ensemble but no less filled with fire and imagination and the solos are all totally wonderful.