al cohn Cohn On the Saxophone (LP, £28.95)
Al Cohn first sprung on the US scene as one of the saxophonists on the Woody Herman hit 'Four Brothers'. Along with Zoot Sims, Cohn became one of New York's leading sax men, forming with Sims a quintet that played in the hot beatnik jazz scene of the day, even backing up Jack Kerouac on a few poetry recordings. 'Cohn On The Saxophone', originally released in 1956 and now back on wax, finds the man taking the lead on a series of great jazz standards. Al's sax voice on this session is smooth and lyrical, almost like he's talking to you, or telling a story. Cohn is very much a man at home with his instrument, and the band lays back and lets him spin his tales.
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