Bob Dukoff

Off the Cuff

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With the presence of so many standards associated with big bands or swing, plus

musicians the caliber of Milt Hinton, Barry Galbraith, and Urbie Green, the Vik LP Off the Cuff by Bobby Dukoff (a veteran of the bands of Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey, and Tommy Dorsey) looks like it has the makings of being a hidden jewel to a shopper in a used record store. Unfortunately, as soon as the stylus hits the grooves, the bad news emerges for jazz fans. Jim Timmens' unimaginative, corny arrangements ignore the better-known jazz musicians and are burdened with Lois Winter's annoying wordless vocals and Mat Mathews' drab accordion. Dukoff, who takes almost all of the solos, is fine, but each chart badly hampers the overall effect of the music. Although there are solos by an unnamed trumpeter, the talents of Hinton, Galbraith, and Green are relegated to the background. Dukoff's two originals are acceptable, though not up to the level of the standards on the date. Available on RCA's subsidiary label for a short period after it was released in 1957, Off the Cuff will be unlikely to appeal even to easy listening fans of the era.

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