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Palais des Festivals, Cannes (1989)

Personnel:

Frank Morgan, alto saxophone
Red Rodney, trumpet
Roy Haynes, drums
Rufus Reid, bass
Monty Alexander, piano

Special guest appearances Jon Hendricks and Phil Woods.

Rodney was born in Philly and was already a professional musician by the age of 15.

He started out with a seat in the big bands of Jerry Wald, Jimmy Dorsey, Georgie Auld, Elliott Lawrence, Benny Goodman, and Les Brown.

Dizzy and Charlie Parker changed his mind and after spots with Claude Thornhill, Gene Krupa, and Woody Herman, he joined Parker's quintet in 1949. To help him "pass" in the still segregated South, Rodney, the only white member of the group, was called "Albino Red."

Strange times, but great music.



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