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Harry Edison

  • Edison's Lights [Pablo, 1976] A-

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Edison's Lights [Pablo, 1976]
Unlike most of Norman Granz's endless succession of low-cost jamming LPs, this prebop small-group session caught my ear; the solo work sounded sharp and rambunctious, the ensemble work prudent and witty. Everyone I play it for enjoys it; I like side two which features a West Coast postbop session pianist named Dolo Coker, as much as side one, where the somewhat better known William "Count" Basie sits in. Cut a little over a year ago, this is another of those reassuring demonstrations that musical styles don't obsolesce as long as their practitioners live on--which means that their practitioners don't obsolesce either. A-