Two Beat Bash

Tony Parenti

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Two Beat Bash Review

by Scott Yanow

This LP from Jazztone combines together two very good Dixieland dates. Actually, the set by Tony Parenti's Aces is comprised of just five of the ten songs recorded on Aug. 29, 1955, but these are quite special. Clarinetist Parenti forms a potent frontline with the great trumpeter Red Allen and trombonist Tyree Glenn, while pianist Hank Duncan, bassist Milt Hinton and drummer George Wettling are a perfect rhythm section for this Dixieland music. Their hot rendition of "In the Good Old Summertime" is a classic, and theirs is one of the finer versions of "Bill Bailey." The flip side of the album has a complete seven-song set by the Dixieland Rhythm Kings from 1951. Led by tuba player Gene Mayl, this is more of an ensemble-oriented revival group that, with such players as trumpeters Carl Halen and Dick Oxtot and pianist Eph Resnick, models itself a bit after King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band and Lu Watters. Their exciting versions of such songs as "Mama Don't 'Low," "Buddy's Habits" and "Over in the Gloryland" are well worth hearing. A recommended set for Dixieland and New Orleans jazz fans, but this album will be difficult to find.