The tunes of Walter Donaldson (mostly dating from the 1920s) are explored and lovingly investigated on this CD by a group of prebop all-stars headed by pianist Keith Ingham and guitarist/vocalist Marty Grosz. Donaldson, although largely overlooked when lists are made of the great composers, was responsible for such tunes as "My Blue Heaven," "At Sundown," "How 'Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm," "My Baby Just Cares for Me," and "Love Me or Leave Me" (all of which are included in this program along with some lesser-known ditties; he also wrote "Yes Sir, That's My Baby," "Little White Lies," "Makin' Whoopee" and "You're Driving Me Crazy" (which are not performed by this group). Among the talented musicians who are heard on at least a few of the songs (the personnel changes constantly) are cornetist Peter Ecklund, clarinetists Bobby Gordon and Billy Novick, tenor-saxophonist Loren Schoenberg, trombonist Dan Barrett, Vince Giordano on bass sax, tuba and bass, violinist Andy Stein, guitarist Frank Vignola, bassist Greg Cohen, Paul Bacon (on comb) and drummers Hal Smith and Arnie Kinsella. This is fun music that is played with spirit.
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