Joe Bushkin

The Road to Oslo & Play It Again Joe

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Although Joe Bushkin started his career in swing bands and recordings with Eddie Condon, this CD (which reissues his sessions from 1978 and 1985) has little spontaneity and no real surprises. Bushkin's piano here plays closer to cocktail music than to jazz and his vocals, although charming enough, are not worth hearing twice. Bing Crosby sings on two short numbers from what must have been among his final recordings and a few excellent swing players (including cornetist Warren Vache and clarinetist Phil Bodner) pop up on the later date, but no real excitement occurs. Most of these performances are in the "and then I wrote" vein, Joe Bushkin seemed to have either forgotten his jazz roots or not considered it worth revisiting, making this pleasant set a disappointment from the jazz standpoint.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 1:47
2 2:33
3 6:10
4 4:31
5 2:11
6 2:41
7 2:48
8 1:54
9 3:04
10
3:22
11 1:12
12 3:05
13 2:31
14 3:43
15 3:49
16 4:29
17 4:09
18 8:05
19 2:22
20 4:26
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