Turk Murphy

New Orleans Jazz Festival

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This particular recording by trombonist Turk Murphy finds him leading a different group than usual. The ensemble includes the fine cornetist Doc Evans, a couple of youngsters in their early 20s at the time (clarinetist Bill Carter and pianist Pete Clute), banjoist Dick Lammi, an unidentified bassist, and drummer Thad Wilkerson. In addition, Santo Pecora sits in on second trombone during "Big Butter and Egg Man" and "Mecca Flat Blues." Clute is showcased on Scott Joplin's "Pineapple Rag"; other highlights include "Storyville Blues," "Floatin' Down to Cotton Town" and a spirited "High Society." As with Turk Murphy's other Columbia LP's, this one remains out of print, but is well worth searching for by trad jazz fans.