Various Artists

Dixieland at Carnegie Hall

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This long-out-of-print LP contains some valuable music, all recorded at Carnegie Hall during an all-star Dixieland concert. Trumpeter Jimmy McPartland acts as the host and leads clarinetist Pee Wee Russell, trombonist Vic Dickenson, tenor saxophonist Bud Freeman and a fine rhythm section on four standards. In addition, a very memorable version of "Tin Roof Blues" features the contrasting clarinets of Russell, Tony Parenti and Joe Barufaldi in solos and ensembles; trombonists Dickenson, Tyre Glenn and Miff Mole all interact on "Rosetta"; trumpeter Wild Bill Davison and clarinetist Bob Wilber jam on "Riverboat Shuffle"; and there is an incoherent and infectiously overcrowded version of "The Saints" with practically everyone. This is a consistently exciting album that deserves to be reissued on CD.