Jim Beatty

Live at Harvey's

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Records by clarinetist Jim Beatty are always well worth acquiring. Although this live set is a slightly lesser effort, featuring seven warhorses and a blues number rather than more inspired material, the strong front line (Beatty, cornetist Van Crowell, and trombonist Pete Pepke) uplifts even such songs as "Bill Bailey" and "Alexander's Ragtime Band." Diamond Lil helps out with a few vocals. Dixieland fans will want to pick up this album.

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