The Poll Winners: When the Red, Red Robin


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


The Poll Winners


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

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

Composed by Harry M. Woods


Recorded: Los Angeles, August 19, 1958


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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