The Lawson-Haggart Jazz Band

With a Southern Accent

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Veteran trumpeter Yank Lawson often preferred to trade fours or eights with another horn player late in his career (four years before his death) rather than take full-length solos, but his fire and sound were very much unimpaired. For this date, he had a reunion with bassist Bob Haggart, coleading one of the last versions of the Lawson-Haggart Jazz Band. The sidemen include trombonist George Masso, clarinetist Kenny Davern, pianist John Bunch, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and drummer Jake Hanna. Together, they romp through ten songs (plus second versions of "Creole Love Call" and "Beale Street Blues") that have some reference to the South in their titles; examples are "Is It True What They Say About Dixie," "Charleston" and "Stars Fell on Alabama." The Dixieland-flavored music has plenty of likable ensembles and melodic solos; well worth acquiring by fans of the genre.

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