Sidney DeParis

Dixieland Hits Country & Western

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Trumpeter Sidney DeParis' only recordings as a leader were for Blue Note in 1944 and 1951 (those selections have been reissued in full on a Mosaic box set along with other sessions) and this obscure LP. For what would be possibly his final recordings, DeParis and a top-notch group (comprised of trombonist Bennie Morton, clarinetist Kenny Davern, banjoist Lee Blair, pianist Charlie Queener, bassist Leonard Gaskin and drummer Herb Lovelle) perform Dixiefied versions of eight country songs. "Pistol Packin' Mama," "You Always Hurt the One You Love" and "Yellow Rose of Texas" fit easily into the format and even the other five numbers (such as "You Call Everybody Darling" and "Ghost Riders in the Sky") are unlikely successes. Hopefully Fantasy will get around to reissuing this little-known date on CD someday.