Dixieland All Stars

The Dixieland All Stars

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The Dixieland All Stars is an inappropriate label for this collection of veteran musicians, few of whom are associated with that genre. The front line includes two players who emerged from the Chicago jazz scene of the 1920s, tenor saxophonist Bud Freeman and clarinetist Pee Wee Russell, along with the powerful trumpeter Buck Clayton and trombonist Vic Dickenson. The selections include a number of standards by George Gershwin as well as traditional jazz favorites like "Muskrat Ramble," "St. James Infirmary," and "When the Saints Go Marching In," though the turn of the century "Billboard March" proves to be the most surprising track. The four men play these selections like old friends getting together, which by this time in their careers, they obviously were. No one attempts to hog the spotlight; they act as if they are playing for their enjoyment alone. The rhythm section includes pianist Lou Carter (formerly of Soft Winds with Herb Ellis and Johnny Frigo), the obscure bassist Champlin Jones, and the incomparable drummer Jo Jones.

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