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Live at Donte's, 1968 - The Mike Barone Big Band, V.S.O.P.

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Alto Saxophone – Bill Perkins, Med Flory
    Baritone Saxophone – Jack Nimitz
    Bass – Jim Hughart
    Drums – John Guerin
    Piano – Cliff Bryant (tracks: 1, 5, 8, 10), Mike Wofford (tracks: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11)
    Tenor Saxophone – Bill Hood, Lou Ciotti*
    Trombone – Charlie Loper* (tracks: 1, 5, 8, 10), Ernie Tack, Jim Trimble (tracks: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11), Pete Myers (tracks: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11), Unknown Artist (tracks: 1, 5, 8, 10), Vince Diaz
    Trumpet – Buddy Childers, Gary Barone, Larry McGuire, Steve Huffsteter

"In 1968, trombonist Mike Barone had a rehearsal band comprised mostly of Los Angeles-based studio musicians who occasionally played for the fun of it at the legendary Donte's. The music on this CD was privately taped (the recording quality is excellent) and not released for the first time until 30 years later. Barone wrote most of the arrangements and the lineup of soloists includes altoist Med Flory (the future leader of Supersax); pianist Mike Wofford; trumpeter Steve Huffsteter; and the tenors of Bill Hood, Lou Ciotti, and (on "Juss Messin' Around") the young Tom Scott. The music is essentially swinging hard bop, even such unlikely material as "T" and "The Non-Viennese Waltz Blues." This is a valuable piece of otherwise long-lost musical history that has fortunately been saved by the V.S.O.P. label."
     -- Scott Yanow (AllMusic)

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