Fifteen years before they co-led the World's Greatest Jazz Band, trumpeter Yank Lawson and bassist Bob Haggart led the Lawson-Haggart Jazz Band for a series of recordings. This long out of print LP finds the septet (which also includes trombonist Lou McGarity, clarinetist Bill Stegmeyer, pianist Lou Stein, guitarist George Barnes, and drummer Cliff Leeman) playing a dozen numbers originally recorded by Louis Armstrong's classic Hot Five and Seven from 1925-1927. While their renditions sometimes hint at the earlier records (even if Barnes' guitar is out of place), the solos are quite fresh and different. Lawson in particular does a fine job on such numbers as "Cornet Chop Suey," "Potato Head Blues," and "Weary Blues." Hopefully someday MCA will get around to digging into their vaults and will unearth this enjoyable effort.
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