Blues Up And Down – 2011

Harry Allen, Scott Robinson, Dan Block and Dan Levinson

4 top tenor-saxophonists battle it out

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On “Blues Up And Down,” a song made famous by Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt, four major tenor saxophonists engage in a heated jam session at a jazz festival in 2011.

Harry Allen quickly organized the performance, with Scott Robinson, Dan Block, Dan Levinson, and Allen taking breaks and solos in that order.

They are accompanied by pianist Rossano Sportiello, bassist Jon Burr, and drummer Pete Siers.

While Robinson and, particularly Levinson, are generally associated with earlier forms of jazz, they have no difficulty playing as “modern” as the others during this explosive performance.

– Scott Yanow


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