The Poll Winners: When the Red, Red Robin

Track

When the Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob Bobbin' Along

Group

The Poll Winners

CD

The Poll Winners Ride Again! (Contemporary OJCCD-607-2)

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Musicians:

Barney Kessel (guitar), Ray Brown (bass), Shelly Manne (drums).

Composed by Harry M. Woods

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Recorded: Los Angeles, August 19, 1958

Albumcoverbarneykessel-thepollwinnersrideagain

Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

In an odd leap from ASCAP to NASDAQ, the Red Robin gourmet burger chain took its name from the founder's 1940s barbershop quartet singing of this 1926 song. (You'll thank us if ever there's a Tin Pan Alley Edition of Trivial Pursuit.) Here, perennially popular 1950s jazzmen Kessel, Brown & Manne use the same vehicle to summarize their their generation's accomplishments. Just as robins are the last birds left singing at dusk, these three superlative musicians were the final, triumphant standard-bearers before Wes Montgomery, Scott LaFaro and Tony Williams changed the playing field for their respective instruments.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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