Joe Darensbourg

Barrelhousin' with Joe

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Clarinetist Joe Darensbourg spent most of his career as a sideman, so the LP Barrehousin' With Joe featuring him as a leader is a bit of a rarity. Darensbourg slap tongues on his feature, "Yellow Dog Blues," happily sings his original "Lou-Easy-An-I-A," and sounds in joyful spirits throughout. Cornetist Ernie Carson, who also takes a few vocals, is always an asset in trad jazz settings, and trombonist Charlie Bornemann also has some good spots. Highlights of this fine set include "Cake Walkin' Babies," "Dr. Jazz," and "Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland."

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