Al Hirt

Swingin' Dixie at Dan's Pier 600 in New Orleans, Vol. 2

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Trumpeter Al Hirt was heard at his best in the mid- to late 1950s, when his fame was mostly regional. Playing in his native New Orleans, Hirt and his sextet (which includes trombonist Bob Havens and clarinetist Harold Cooper) swing their way through a dozen Dixieland standards on his second of four albums in this series. Hirt's phenomenal technique is clearly in evidence, and he comes up with many exciting ideas on such songs as "Darktown Strutters Ball," "Stumblin'," "Chicago" and "Song of the Wanderer." Worth searching for by Dixieland fans.