Swingtet in Concert

Jerry Fuller

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Swingtet in Concert Review

by Scott Yanow

Clarinetist Jerry Fuller, who gained some recognition when playing with the strongest version of the Dukes of Dixieland in the early 1960s, only led two albums during his career; a set for Andex in 1959 and this obscure LP from 1976. Fuller is actually co-leader of the quintet, along with vibraphonist Don DeMichael (who was actually better-known as a jazz journalist). The Chicago-based group also includes pianist John Ulrich, bassist Eddie DeHaas, and drummer Wayne Jones. The music is essentially Benny Goodman-style swing with bits of Dixieland tossed in. The quintet gets hot on some of the seven standards (including "After You've Gone," "Honeysuckle Rose," and "Dream of You") and both Fuller and DeMichael are heard throughout playing at their best.

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