Bill Allred's Classic Jazz Band

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Veteran trombonist Bill Allred has been leading his Classic Jazz Band for quite a while. Based in Florida, the group often appears at Dixieland and trad jazz festivals, performing a style that is basically swing with improvised ensembles à la Dixieland. This excellent CD has Allred and his son, fellow trombonist John Allred, featured in a five-horn octet along with trumpeters Charlie Bertini and Bob Pickwood, with Terry Myers on reeds. The spirited group romps through such songs as "Beale Street Blues," "On the Trail," "King Porter Stomp," "Cherokee," and "Milenberg Joys," with several of the songs utilizing Matty Matlock's arrangements of the 1950s. Fun music by an underrated band.

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