Don Ewell

Don Ewell and His All-Stars

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One of the top pianists to emerge from the New Orleans revival of the 1940s (he would have been a major name in jazz history books if he had been born 20 years earlier), Don Ewell always sounded good no matter what the setting. On this spirited LP he is joined by four obscure players (trumpeter Larry Conger, trombonist Charlie Bornemann, bassist Johny Haines and drummer Don "Pops" Campbell) plus pianist Butch Thompson who on the date exclusively plays clarinet. The high-quality compositions (including "Rose of Washington Square," Johnny Dodds' "Oriental Man," "Home" and "Take Me to the Land of Jazz"), the spirited playing and the excellent pacing make this an album that New Orleans and classic jazz fans will want to search for.