Big Bill Bissonnette

Second Half

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The second of two CDs taken from a 1997 concert by trombonist Big Bill Bissonnette's International Jazz Band is the equal of the first. As with the first half, the dominant soloist is George Probert, who is mostly heard on soprano but also excels on alto during "Saxawoogie." Cornetist Fred Vigorito's percussive sparseness recalls Kid Thomas Valentine a little, Sarah Bissonnette has a few good spots on tenor, and Big Bill gets in a few rips too. "Climax Rag" cooks, "Saxawoogie" has the two reeds in the spotlight, and "Tiger Rag" works well. The band is a bit ragged and not always perfectly in tune, but the results should easily please fans of revival New Orleans jazz.

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