Wild Bill Davison

At the King of France Tavern

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The 1970s were a golden era for Wild Bill Davison, whose cornet playing seemed to defy the passing of time. Although 72 when this somewhat obscure live LP was recorded, Davison's sarcastic tone, his variety of growls and shakes, and his melodic and sentimental style were unchanged from 20 years earlier. He heads a quintet with Kenny Davern (who doubles on clarinet and soprano), pianist Larry Eanet, bassist Carlos Laguana and drummer Eddie Phyfe, jamming through eight familiar standards. Even though Davison had played such tunes as "Our Love Is Here to Stay," "My Monday Date" and "Rosetta" a countless number of times by 1978, his enthusiasm and hard-charging style make the songs sound new. Worth searching for although this LP from the extinct Fat Cat's Jazz label will not be found too easily.