Jack Teagarden

Unforgetables

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This is an obscure and somewhat odd LP. The title is misspelled ("Unforgettables" has two t's), and although 12 songs are listed, only ten appear (and in a much different order than it says on the back cover); "Big Noise from Winetka" (also misspelled) is actually "Wolverine Blues," and the liner notes (which do a good job of summing up trombonist Jack Teagarden's career) say nothing at all about the music on the album, not bothering to list the recording dates or personnel. The sound quality, despite being dated, is generally quite good. Teagarden, his brother (trumpeter Charlie Teagarden), clarinetist Matty Matlock (who probably provided the arrangements), tenor saxophonist Pud Brown, pianist Marvin Ash, bassist Morty Corb and drummer Ray Bauduc form a solid Dixieland septet. Unfortunately, three of the ten numbers also add the five-voice Jud Conlon Rhythmaires, a vocal group that ruins "Down Yonder" and "That's What Makes the World Go Round." However the fine playing by Teagarden and his sidemen on such tunes as "Jack Armstrong Blues" (a riotous stomp having nothing to do with the 1944 piece of the same name), "Lover," "That's a Plenty," and "Wolverine Blues" more than compensates for this LP's many faults. Incidentally, this was Teagarden's first full recording session after leaving the Louis Armstrong All-Stars.