Turk Murphy

Live at Carson Hot Springs

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For this gig in Nevada, trombonist Turk Murphy had a much smaller group than usual, just a quartet with clarinetist Bob Helm, pianist Pete Clute and drummer Thad Vandon. The musicians play quite well but, due to the thinness of the band, the music was unreleased until 1998. At that time, Bill Carroll on tuba and banjoist John Gill tastefully overdubbed rhythm parts to make the music sound more complete; one would not know that they were playing more than 30 years after the original performances. On most selections, Helm takes the melody (filling in for the absent trumpet) while Murphy provides boisterous harmonies. The repertoire was strong and even the seven vocals (four by Helm and three from the leader) work out well. Pete Clute has a few ragtime features (a la Wally Rose) and other highlights include "Doctor Jazz," "Railroad Blues," "Runnin' Wild," "Big Butter and Egg Man" and "Go Back Where You Stayed Last Night."

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