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Joe Holiday

While not as well-known as Stan Getz, this tenor saxophonist has had a similar career, minus the psychological torture. Born Joseph Befumo in Sicily during the mid-'20s, he was a hard bopper whose commercial career took off when he mastered and began recording a world music style, in this case the mambo. A single in this style, enthusiastically entitled "This Is Happiness," was a hit in 1951, a status that not surprisingly led to more recording opportunities, including a series of sessions for Prestige featuring top modern jazz players such as drummer Max Roach and pianist Billy Taylor. Vocalist supreme Sarah Vaughan also did well recording Holiday's original composition "Serenada." His father was a clarinetist who moved his family to New York City when Holiday was about a half a year in age. Based out of Newark, the saxophonist began leading his own combos as early as the mid-'40s. Holiday's initial recording sessions were done for the King outfit at the outset of the subsequent decade. He featured percussion heavily on his recording dates, wisely making use of players from Machito's Afro-Cubans. Mambo Jazz, a CD of his Prestige sessions, was reissued in 1994. Holiday also has great talent as an abstract painter, some of his canvases using jazz musicians as a theme. ~ Eugene Chadbourne, Rovi
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Track List: Mambo Jazz

1. Hello To You

2. Nice And Easy

3. Blue Holiday

4. This Is Happiness

5. Mambo Holiday

6. Mighty Like A Rose

7. I Hadn't Anyone Till You

8. Like Someone In Love

9. Donde

10. Joe Black Mambo

11. Serenata

12. Cuban Nightingale

13. Cotton Candy

14. And Now It Is Love

15. My Funny Valentine

16. Martha's Harp

17. Sleep

18. Besame Mucho

19. I Don't Want To Walk Without You

20. Fiesta

21. I Love You Much

22. Chasin' The Bongo

23. It Might As Well Be Spring

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