Dave Remington

Dixie on the Rocks

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Dave Remington, originally a pianist, switched to trombone by 1956 and had some luck with his Dixie Six, recording three albums for the Vee Jay label during 1959-1961. This set, the group's second LP, has Remington leading a sextet that has an impressive front line, which includes trumpeter Dick Oakley and clarinetist Chuck Hedges. The 11 selections are all quite concise (none top four minutes), but a lot gets played in a relatively brief period of time. Highlights include "Royal Garden Blues," "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," "Washington and Lee Swing," and "China Boy" (although "Battle Hymn of the Republic" is rather tame). This Chicago-based band had plenty of spirit and, although Remington would soon fade into obscurity, Oakley and Hedges have had lengthy careers.