Cleopatra and All That Jazz

by: Al Caiola

{$Al Caiola} was primarily known for his work within the {\easy listening} genre, though he also led a few {\jazz} dates such as this early-'60s recording for {@United Artists}. The guitarist is accompanied by some of the best {\jazz} musicians who were on call for all kinds of studio work in the era: {$Dick Hyman}, {$Clark Terry}, {$Osie Johnson}, {$Barry Galbraith} (who sticks to rhythm guitar), {$Tony Studd}, {$Phil Bodner}, and {$George Duvivier}. {$Caiola} arranged all 12 songs; his solos are enjoyable, though {$Terry}'s brilliant fl├╝gelhorn tends to steal the show. Other than {$Terry}, {$Caiola} mainly uses the horns and reeds for background riffs, and badly underutilizes {$Hyman}, so the charts lack the potential they could have achieved with the caliber of musicians present and music performed. Even with those reservations, this long unavailable LP is worth acquiring. ~ Ken Dryden, Rovi

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