Blues a la Mode is an album by saxophonist Budd Johnson which was recorded in 1958 and released on the Felsted label.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow:
Originally released on the Felsted label and reissued by Master Jazz, this LP features underrated tenor and arranger Budd Johnson with two overlapping groups. Three selections feature Budd with the great trumpeter Charlie Shavers, trombonist Vic Dickenson, Al Sears on baritone, Bert Keyes doubling on piano and organ, bassist Joe Benjamin, and drummer Jo Jones, while three other pieces have Johnson, Shavers, Benjamin, Jones and pianist Ray Bryant. The leader contributed all six numbers and stars in prime form throughout; Shavers and Bryant also fare quite well. This album awaits reissue on CD and is an excellent example of 1950s mainstream jazz (http://www.allmusic.com/album/blues-a-la-mode-mw0000876865).
All compositions by Budd Johnson except where noted.
“Foggy Nights” – 5:37
“Leave Room in Your Heart for Me” (Budd Johnson, John Dobson) – 7:16
“Destination Blues” – 5:19
“A la Mode” – 7:31
“Used Blues” – 7:05
“Blues by Five” – 6:06
Budd Johnson – tenor saxophone
Charlie Shavers – trumpet
Vic Dickenson – trombone (tracks 1, 3 & 5)
Al Sears – baritone saxophone (tracks 1, 3 & 5)
Bert Keyes – piano, organ
Joe Benjamin – bass
Jo Jones – drums
Recorded: February 11 and 14, 1958
Producer: Stanley Dance
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