Joe Darensbourg

On a Lark in Dixieland

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This obscure LP (which was later reissued by GNP/Crescendo) is one of the few led by clarinetist Joe Darensbourg, a longtime New Orleans-style player. Darensbourg's Los Angeles-based septet features trumpeter Michael DeLay, trombonist Warren Smith, and pianist Harvey Brooks playing such Dixieland standards as "Just a Little While to Stay Here," "That Da-Da Strain," "Copenhagen," and "Sweet Georgia Brown," with Darensbourg displaying his slap-tonguing technique on "Yellow Dog Blues." One of his best sessions.

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