Panama Francis And The Savoy Sultans – S/T - Used LP
Review byScott Yanow: Although their recordings do not always show it,the Savoy Sultansin the late '30s were considered one of the hottest small swing groups in existence. Decades later, drummerPanama Francisdecided to revive the group's concept by putting together a newSavoy Sultansusing occasional alumni but mostly utilizing other surviving veteran players. This Classic Jazz LP finds the group at their best, cooking on such numbers as "Song of the Islands," "Frenzy," "Little John Special," and "Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie." WithGeorge Kellycontributing the arrangements as well as his tenor and such other fine soloists as trumpetersFrancis WilliamsandIrv Stokes, altoistsNorris TurneyandHoward Johnson, and pianistRed Richards, this is a hot band who could out-swing the original group. This LP deserves to be reissued on CD.