Muggsy Spanier

Relaxin' at the Touro

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These radio transcriptions made for World are very brief renditions of fairly predictable Dixieland. Cornetist Muggsy Spanier and his regular touring band of the early '50s (with trombonist Ralph Hutchinson, clarinetist Darnell Howard, pianist Floyd Bean, bassist Truck Parham and drummer Barrett Deems) put as much spirit as they can into the warhorses, but since only one number clocks in at over 2:15, the music rarely has much time to get beyond the melodies. Strictly for Muggsy Spanier completists.