Original Dixieland Jazz Band

1943

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After a brief comeback the year before, The Original Dixieland Jazz Band was finished by 1937 with cornetist Nick LaRocca's retirement. However in 1943 multi-instrumentalist Brad Gowans, who had extensively studied their music, gathered together some of The ODJB alumni (trombonist Eddie Daniels, drummer Tony Sbarbaro and one of their later pianists Frank Signorelli) to revisit the old repertoire and frameworks. Gowans, who sticks here to clarinet (coming up with a pretty good imitation of Larry Shields's style), enlisted cornetist Wild Bill Davison who, although he does his best to recreate LaRocca's style, sounds rather restrained as he tries to hide his own extroverted musical personality. The quintet is featured on this LP on a set of radio transcriptions and everything is here (including alternate takes and false starts); ten fine performances resulted from this interesting experiment.