Mike Vax


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Mike Vax is a technically skilled trumpeter who sounds his best leading a big band or playing advanced bop. In the early '80s for a time he led the Great American Jazz Band, a Dixieland group. Unfortunately Vax did not seem to take that style very seriously and this recording is quite corny, dated and a bit insulting to the idiom. Inferior versions of such songs as "Everything Old Is New Again," "Nine to Five," "New York, New York," and "San Antonio Rose" are included, along with hotter but still forgettable renditions of "Honeysuckle Rose" and "I Found a New Baby." None of the other players in the septet (who included trombonist Kevin Porter and Ray Loeckle) made an impression on the Dixieland circuit, and all but Vax slipped away into obscurity. Mike Vax is capable of much better than this cornball effort.

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