Various Artists

Dixieland Jazz in the Forties

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Two groups (one famous and the other obscure) are heard on six Dixielandish selections apiece on this Folkways LP. Cornetist Muggsy Spanier, with the assistance of clarinetist Pee Wee Russell, trombonist Vic Dickenson, pianist Cliff Jackson, bassist Bob Casey and drummer Joe Grauso, performs such songs as "Since My Best Gal Turned Me Down," "Take Me to the Land of Jazz" and "I'd Climb the Highest Mountain." The talented but forgotten pianist Frank Signorelli features trumpeter Gordon Griffin, trombonist Al Philburn, clarinetist Al Franzel, Nick Caiazza on tenor, bassist Haig Stephens, drummer Chauncey Morehouse and vocalists Art Gentry and Bert Frohman on an interesting set that alternates Dixieland warhorses with such unknown songs as "Saxophone Joe," "Sour Puss Hannah" and "Between the First Hello and the Last Goodbye." This worthwhile LP will be difficult to locate.