Bob Havens

New Orleans Dixieland

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This is a very obscure LP not listed in discographies, and, unfortunately, the album does not list personnel or the exact recording date. However, the music is excellent (despite the brief playing time), featuring trombonist Bob Havens who, in addition to being a longtime member of the Lawrence Welk Orchestra, is a superior Dixieland player influenced by Jack Teagarden. The backup band (which includes another trombonist who plays muted) is quite good but unidentified. Havens is the main soloist throughout the dozen songs which are mostly Dixieland standards (such as "Ida," "I Can't Give You Anything but Love," and "I'm Confessin'"), plus there are a couple of unusual choices ("When the Bloom Is on the Sage" and "New Orleans Jubilee"). If you run across this unknown album and enjoy Dixieland, get it.