Dr. Michael White

Shake It and Bake It

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Shake It and Break It combines two sessions recorded in 1981 and 1987, hosted by jazz educator, historian, and clarinetist Michael White. This group of New Orleans musicians ranges in age and experience, but are connected by a love and passion of traditional unadulterated New Orleans jazz in its original form. While the versions of these traditional tunes are heartfelt, at times the performances sound stilted and tired, especially on the ten sextet tracks recorded January 1, 1981. The last five tracks, recorded six years later with a quintet of completely different players, are noticeably more lively.

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