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Li'l Darlin' By Chuck Wayne

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Uploaded on Oct 23, 2009

Having listened to countless other versions over the past 50 years, this to me is still the definitive rendition of this jazz classic.

Chuck Wayne was a jazz guitarist who first came to prominence in the 1940s. He is best known for his work with Woody Herman's First Herd, and for being the first guitarist in the George Shearing quintet. He also played with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and in the '50s he recorded some albums for the Progressive label as a leader. He released his first albums in 1953, the best known being "The Jazz Guitarist". He also was Tony Bennett's music director and accompanist from 1954-1957. He had a distinctive, swinging bebop style and developed an unusual legato technique, not widely adopted by others until decades later. He also had a lot of non-jazz activities which ranged from writing for Broadway to working as a staff musician for CBS-TV. In his heyday he worked with many great vocalists including Sarah Vaughn, Frank Sinatra, and Barbra Streisand. While not widely known outside the jazz circles, he was a major influence on numerous guitarists who imitated his style. During the 1980s he taught at the Westchester Conservatory of Music in suburban White Plains, NY. This Neal Hefti classic is from his album "Morning Mist" released in 1964. "Morning Mist" was remastered and released as a CD in 2003.

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