The Original Salty Dogs

The Original Salty Dogs

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The music on this 1997 CD includes all of the performances from the Original Salty Dogs' first GHB LP, which was simply given the title of the group, and half of the music from Free Wheeling With the Original Salty Dogs. In both cases, this veteran group (which was originally formed back in 1947 and has since passed its 50th anniversary) consists of cornetist Lew Green, trombonist Kim Snyder, Kim Cusack on clarinet and tenor, pianist John Cooper, banjoist Bob Sundstrom, Mike Walbridge on tuba and drummer Wayne Jones. The band, which has long had its own sound, worked out inventive frameworks on many of the songs, most of which date from the 1920s. To the group's credit, they do not merely re-create the early recordings. Their repertoire includes a few warhorses, along with songs played by Louis Armstrong's Hot Five (including "Come Back Sweet Papa" and "Cornet Chop Suey"), Jelly Roll Morton ("The Chant"), Bix Beiderbecke ("Tijuana" and "Since My Best Gal Turned Me Down"), and Lu Watters ("Emperor Norton's Hunch" and "Annie Street Rock"), among others. The musicianship is impressive, the enthusiasm level quite high, and the program well balanced. Highly recommended to trad jazz fans.