The Great Eight on tour

Let's take a glance at this mixed-bag all-star band touring Europe in 1983, doing an uptempo rendition of Charlie Shavers' "Undecided". Under the name of The Great Eight, you can have small pills of Teddy Wilson's swinging piano, Slam Stewart's vocalizing bass, Buddy Tate's powerful Texas-tenor tone and Tal Farlow's modern guitar style, all in the same plate.

During this European tour, this group was recorded at the Berlin Philharmonie on February 20, 1983 and a double LP was issued on Wim Wigt's Timeless label: Swingin' The Forties With The Great Eight (Timeless SPJ185/86). It has never been reissued on CD.

Billy Butterfield (tp), Johnny Mince (cl), Buddy Tate (ts), Red Norvo (vib), Teddy Wilson (p), Tal Farlow (g), Slam Stewart (b), Sam Woodyard (d).

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