Various Artists

Jazz at the Ojai Festivals Bowl

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A variety of all-stars (many formerly from the Bob Crosby Orchestra) gathered together for the spontaneous concert heard on this LP. Trumpeter John Best, the great tenor Eddie Miller, clarinetist Abe Most, trombonists Bob Havens and Abe Lincoln, pianists Ray Sherman (who tears up "Little Rock Getaway"), Lou Busch and Lincoln Mayorga (all three play on "I've Found a New Baby"), Dick Cary on alto horn, guitarist/singer Nappy Lamare, bassist Ray Leatherwood, drummer Nick Fatool and singer Ruth Olay are all in excellent form. The veteran Dixieland and swing material is perfectly suitable to the talents of these consistently creative players. Pity that this spirited LP is difficult to find.