Wild Bill Davison

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Two unrelated but rewarding sessions by the great Dixieland cornetist Wild Bill Davison are combined on this delightful CD. The first session -- a six-song ballad-oriented date that also includes trombonist Jimmy Archey, Garvin Bushell on clarinet and (on "Yesterdays") bassoon, pianist Ralph Sutton, bassist Sid Weiss, and drummer Morey Feld -- has some particularly ferocious playing from Davison (who takes his first recorded vocal on "Ghost of a Chance"). The remaining dozen tunes come from a very successful matchup in 1976 between Davison and the Classic Jazz Collegium Orchestra, a talented ten-member Czechoslovakian group. Some of the numbers (most notably a classic rendition of "Sunday") have inventive arrangements that make the band sound like a unit from the 1920s. Wild Bill is quite inspired throughout, making this one of his most rewarding sets of the 1970s. Highly recommended.

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Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:22 Amazon
2 3:17 Amazon
3 3:28 Amazon
4 2:53
5 3:06 Amazon
6 3:29 Amazon
7 3:49 Amazon
8 3:40 Amazon
9 3:46 Amazon
10 3:18 Amazon
11 3:25 Amazon
12
3:07 Amazon
13
3:43 Amazon
14 3:19 Amazon
15
5:05 Amazon
16 4:00 Amazon
17
3:31 Amazon
18
2:15 Amazon
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