Doc Evans

Manassas Memories '73

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Cornetist Doc Evans is in pretty good form on this LP, which is comprised of six selections cut at the 1973 Manassas Jazz Festival less than two years before his death. He is featured with three different Dixieland bands (for two songs apiece), assisted by such sidemen as clarinetists Jack Maheu, Wally Garner, and Tommy Gwaltney; Kenny Davern on soprano; trombonists Bill Rank, Slide Harris, and Danny Williams; and pianists John Eaton, Bob Hirsch, and Dick Wellstood. Of the six Dixieland warhorses, the best are "Singing the Blues," "Song of the Wanderer," and "I Found a New Baby." Doc Evans' mellow tone, thoughtful style, and ability to be both hot and subtle have been missed ever since in the trad jazz world.

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