Jim Cullum, Jr.

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After clarinetist Jim Cullum, Sr.'s death in the early '70s, his Happy Jazz Band was taken over by his son, cornetist Jim Cullum, Jr. There was quite a bit of turnover at first before the personnel stabilized, but the quality and basic style of the Dixieland-based group remained consistently high. On this 1976 LP, Cullum and pianist Cliff Gillette were the only holdovers from the 1973 band. Starring along with Cullum and Gillette are two musicians who would be with the group for quite awhile: trombonist Randy Reinhart and clarinetist Allan Vache. In addition to a few warhorses, such fresh tunes as Wilbur DeParis' "Wrought Iron Rag," Dick Cary's "The Albatross," Matty Matlock's "Dixieland Shuffle" and Lu Watters' "Sage Hen Strut" are among the highlights.