Soprano Summit

Live in England

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The music on this 1998 CD was previously out on a British CD by the obscure J&M label. Soprano Summit tended to be at its hottest live in concert and, even though they were not using their usual rhythm section (having guest guitarist Dave Cliff, bassist Peter Ind and drummer Lennie Hastings for this British concert), the co-leaders (Kenny Davern and Bob Wilber on clarinets and sopranos) sound typically heated. Actually, there are more slower tunes than usual on this set (including a beautiful opening version of "Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland" and a lengthy "Old Stock o' Lee Blues") but enough barn burners (such as "Ole Miss" and "Oh Sister, Ain't That Hot") to satisfy all Soprano Summit fans. Wilber and Davern always brought out the best in each other, making Soprano Summit (no matter what the rhythm section was) one of the hottest swing/mainstream combos of the '70s.

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