Wild Bill Davison

I'll Be a Friend with Pleasure

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This loose set features cornetist Wild Bill Davison jamming through some numbers with a pickup group comprised of trombonist Herb Gardner, clarinetist Tommy Gwaltney, pianist John Eaton, rhythm guitarist Steve Jordan, bassist Bill Goodall and drummer Jack Connor; Fat Cat McRee contributes a few spirited vocals. Because little was planned in advance and the musicians stay within the boundaries of Dixieland, there are no real surprises, but Davison's occasional blasts into his upper register are always fun to hear. This LP from the defunct Fat Cat's Jazz label will be a difficult one to find.