Ever since its beginning, Fessor's Big City Band (from Denmark) has been based in New Orleans jazz but has kept its repertoire and style open to other idioms. Its 30th anniversary album has some trad but also some swing, New Orleans parade rhythms, and bits of R&B and funk. Trombonist-leader Ole "Fessor" Lindgreen is in fine form although his once-powerful trumpeter, Finn Otto Hansen, is a bit past his prime. Rather than have a clarinetist, Hans Holbroe proves to be an effective baritone-saxophonist (despite an occasionally squeaky reed), while tenor-saxophonist Bent Jaedig guests on four numbers. Although not essential, there are enough bright moments throughout this eclectic set (which ranges from group originals to "Body and Soul" and "Bourbon Street Parade") to make it worth exploring.
Share this page
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow