World's Greatest Jazz Band

In Concert at the Lawrenceville School

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Although the World's Greatest Jazz Band was starting to decline and undergo a lot of turnover by the mid-'70s, this is a generally strong effort. With trumpeter Yank Lawson, trombonist Urbie Green, Bob Wilber on soprano, clarinetist Johnny Mince, pianist Hank Jones, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, bassist Bob Haggart, and drummer Ronnie Traxler forming the lineup for this concert, the music is typically Dixieland-oriented. The hottest performances are "Indiana," "South Rampart Street Parade," and surprisingly "Birth of the Blues." There are also individual features for Mince ("The Man I Love"), Wilber ("Indian Summer"), Green ("Old Folks") and Haggart ("Big Noise from Winnetka"). A fine effort by a classic group during its later period.