Wilbur De Paris

The Wild Jazz Age [Atlantic]

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All of trombonist Wilbur DeParis' Atlantic recordings with his "New New Orleans Jazz Band" are well worth searching for by classic jazz and Dixieland fans but none of the long out-of-print LPs will be easy to find. This set has ten songs from the 1920s (mixing together standards with such obscurities as "That Thing Called Love," "Railroad Man" and "Tell 'Em About Me") plus two of DeParis' originals. This particular group always had its own colorful sound, uplifting the idiom of trad jazz. In addition to the leader, the personnel includes both Sidney DeParis and Doc Cheatham on trumpets, clarinetist Garvin Bushell (who also has features on piccolo and bassoon), pianist Sonny White, guitarist John Smith, bassist Hayes Alvis, drummer Wilbert Kirk (who doubles on harmonica) and two vocals by Louis Bacon. Highlights include the aforementioned songs plus "Runnin' Wild," "Twelfth Street Rag," "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street" and "Minorca."