Yank Lawson

The World's Greatest Jazz Band

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The World's Greatest Jazz Band was formed in the late 1960s by two co-leaders, trumpeter Yank Lawson and bassist Bob Haggart. Although Lawson and Haggart are on this budget LP (along with clarinetist Bill Stegmeyer, tenor saxophonist Bud Freeman, pianist Lou Stein and drummer Cliff Leeman), this is not the WGJB, despite the title. For this interesting effort, Lawson and Haggart perform ten songs having something to do with the Old West, including "South of the Border," "Wagon Wheels," "I'm an Old Cowhand" and "The Yellow Rose of Texas." Fortunately, the songs they picked tend to have worthwhile chord changes suitable for Dixieland, and the overall effect is a lighthearted and generally swinging date.