Eddie Condon

The Best of Eddie Condon

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This budget two-LP set (which inexcusably has no liner notes nor even a personnel listing) contains about one hour of music, 20 three-minute selections from Eddie Condon's period with the Decca label. Although the music is not necessarily the best, there are many fine solos and plenty of freewheeling ensembles. The all-star groups include such classic players as trumpeters Bobby Hackett, Billy Butterfield, Max Kaminsky, Wild Bill Davison and Johnny Windhurst, trombonists Jack Teagarden, Cutty Cutshall (who takes a rare vocal on "Everybody Loves My Baby"') and Brad Gowans, clarinetists Pee Wee Russell, Peanuts Hucko, Joe Dixon, Edmond Hall and Tony Parenti, Bud Freeman on tenor, baritonist Ernie Caceres, pianists Gene Schroeder, Ralph Sutton and James P. Johnson, bassists Bob Haggart and Jack Lesberg and drummers George Wettling, Buzzy Drootin and Dave Tough; Bing Crosby even drops by to sing "After You've Gone."