Pee Wee Irwin

Dr. Jazz, Vol. 14: Pee Wee Irwin

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The 14th in this series released by the Danish Storyville label is well within the collection's theme, featuring a performance of swinging traditional jazz. Pee Wee Erwin is joined by erstwhile companions Vic Dickenson and Gene "Honey Bear" Sedric in animated live and previously unreleased performances from Lou Terassi's N.Y.C. jazz venue. Although never achieving the heights of notoriety as contemporaries Wild Bill Davison and Bunny Berigan, Erwin nonetheless had a long and productive career working in the trumpet sections of bands headed by Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey. It is his powerful trumpet that is heard on such Dorsey recordings as "Who." His energetic, wide-ranging, flawless technique enlivens such tracks on this CD as "Fine and Dandy" and that favorite of trad jazz players, "Sheik of Araby." Erwin's teammates at the Terassi gig worked well as a unit and as soloists. Gene "Honey Bear" Sedric, a longtime associate of Fats Waller, blows both hot and mellow on "Louisiana" and "Clarinet Marmalade." Vic Dickenson's smooth trombone playing is being particularly eloquent on a romantic "Tenderly." While there are ballads on this album, judging from their reaction, the audience came for and expected to hear hot jazz in a jam session setting. That's what they got with footloose, swinging renditions of "At the Jazz Band Ball," "Panama," and a slew of other all-time favorites with the jazz public, then and now. Erwin stayed active until 1981, when he gave his last performance in Holland. This album is a splendid tribute to one of jazz's steadfast and consistent performers.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
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3 4:40 Amazon
4 3:46 Amazon
5 3:38 Amazon
6 4:33 Amazon
7 5:18 Amazon
8 3:38 Amazon
9 3:18 Amazon
10 4:05 Amazon
11 3:37 Amazon
12 4:12 Amazon
13 6:57 Amazon
14 3:51 Amazon
15 4:36 Amazon
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