Jake "Vernon" Porter

It's About Time

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Jake Porter was a talented trumpeter based in Los Angeles, but he never became that famous. This obscure LP matches him with some top L.A. studio musicians (valve trombonist Bob Enevoldsen, clarinetist Jackie Kelson, banjoist Harvey Walker, keyboardist Lanny Hartley and electric bassist Curtis Robertson) for an interesting mixture of styles. While Porter essentially plays Dixieland and takes a couple of vocals in a voice obviously influenced by Louis Armstrong, the rhythm section (usually including electric piano) plays more in a 1950s R&B fashion. Enevoldsen has a rather minor role, but clarinetist Kelson gets in some good solos. However, it is due to Porter's playing on four basic originals including "The Weird Beard," plus such tunes as "The Sheik of Araby," "Royal Garden Blues" and "You Rascal You" that makes this spirited set worth picking up.