Alvin Alcorn

Alvin Alcorn and His New Orleans Jazz Band

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Alvin Alcorn, best known for playing trumpet for several years with Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band in the 1950s, did not lead that many sessions in his later years, and was a little erratic by then. However, Alcorn is heard in surprisingly fine form on this obscure LP. Five songs feature him leading a New Orleans sextet that includes veteran trombonist Preston Jackson (then 73), clarinetist Clarence Ford, and pianist Dave "Fat Man" Williams, but it is the other six numbers (trio performances with guitarist Justin Adams and bassist Frank Fields) that really showcase the trumpeter at his best. With the exception of "Deep Blue Melody" and "Purple Rose of Cairo" (both of which are played with the trio), he sticks mostly to spirited versions of standards; other highlights include "Panama," "Liza," and "Danny Boy." Well-worth searching for by New Orleans jazz collectors.

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