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Allen Eager
Allen Eager
At one point in the early '50s, Allen Eager sounded nearly identical to Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, and Brew Moore; in fact all five tenors (from the Lester Young-influenced Four Brothers school) recorded together. But of the five, Eager has had the least impressive career, lacking the desire to really work on jazz full-time. He had played during World War II as a teenager with the bands of Bobby Sherwood, Sonny Dunham, Shorty Sherock, Hal McIntyre, Woody Herman (1943-1944), Tommy Dorsey, and Johnny Bothwell. By 1945, he was appearing regularly on 52nd Street and during 1946-1948, he recorded as a leader. Eager did well with Tadd Dameron's band in 1948 but by the early '50s, he seemed to be losing interest in jazz. He recorded with Gerry Mulligan (1951), Terry Gibbs (1952), played with Buddy Rich, and led his own band during 1953-1955. After living in Paris during 1956-1957 and recording with Mulligan in 1957, he largely dropped out of music. Eager did make a comeback album for Uptown in 1982.
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