Pete Daily

Dixieland Jazz Battle, Vol. 1: Pete Daily/Phil Napoleon

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A 1950 10" LP release showcasing two of the top-named bands in Dixieland jazz, amid the brief postwar revival in popularity of that sound. Phil Napoleon's outfit features a lot of original players from the 1920s, including drummer Tony Spargo, while Pete Daily has a somewhat younger generation of players in his band, playing in what, for them, was a deliberately retro style. Either way, they delivered what was called for, in a series of performances that were good enough to justify a second volume, and also a limited revival to recording for both veteran leaders.

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