Swing N' Dixie, an octet whose repertoire lives up to its name, appeared as the surrogate Bobcats with Bob Crosby on an infrequent basis during the 1970s and '80s. On their self-produced CD the band swings through fresh versions of 14 songs associated with Crosby. None of the musicians directly copy the original players but their styles are all quite complementary. The musicianship is consistently high with trumpeter Werner Lutz leading many powerful ensembles. Highpoints include "Take Me out to the Ballgame," "Hindus Tan" and "Sugar Foot Strut." This is a fine Dixieland-flavored release that is easily recommended to fans of Bob Crosby's Bobcats.
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