Bob Scobey

Bob Scobey, Vol. 1

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This 1996 CD has all of the contents from trumpeter Bob Scobey's first release on the Jansco label and six of the ten cuts from his final recording session, an album originally out on the obscure Ragtime label. The earlier set is of particular interest due to the occasional vocals of Clancy Hayes and Lizzie Miles, plus plenty of heated ensembles and fine solo work from Scobey, clarinetist Bill Napier and trombonist Bob Short. Highlights include "My Honey's Loving Arms," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "I'll See You In C.U.B.A." and "Panama Rag." The later session also finds Scobey in fine form, and even if trombonist Richard Nelson is sometimes a bit corny (particularly on his feature "Basin Street Blues"), the band shows plenty of spirit. Scobey consistently led rewarding Dixieland bands in the 1950s, and this CD is an excellent example of his work.