Jack Teagarden

The Swinging Gate

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This would be a more valuable LP if the music on the second side -- three numbers from trombonist Jack Teagarden's historic performance at the 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival -- had not already been reissued on a Memphis Archives CD complete with all of the other selections from the touching event, a family reunion that would be Teagarden's final recording. The selections on side one feature the 1960 version of the Jack Teagarden Sextet, an impressive unit also including trumpeter Don Goldie, clarinetist Henry Cuesta and pianist Don Ewell. During the radio broadcast originating from Minneapolis, Teagarden runs through some of his usual songs (including romping versions of "That's a Plenty" and "I Found a New Baby"), and Goldie co-stars. The trumpeter does a surprisingly effective imitation of Louis Armstrong's singing on "Rockin' Chair." Hopefully this particular mini-set will be reissued on CD someday.