Jack Teagarden

With His Sextet and Eddie Condon's Chicagoans

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Trombonist Jack Teagarden is heard in two very different but equally rewarding settings on this worthy LP. He performs eight numbers with his short-lived sextet in 1947 shortly before he became a regular member of Louis Armstrong's All-Stars. Along with trumpeter Max Kaminsky and clarinetist Peanuts Hucko, Mr. T. is heard in top form on eight standards including several Hoagy Carmichael compositions. In addition, he participates in a reunion of Eddie Condon's Chicagoans in Oct. 1961 even though he was not an original member. Teagarden is heard along with cornetist Jimmy McPartland, clarinetist Pee Wee Russell, tenor-saxophonist Bud Freeman, pianist Joe Sullivan, guitarist Eddie Condon, bassist Bob Haggart and drummer Gene Krupa on six selections taken from their appearance on The Today Show. The music is essentially spirited Dixieland with McPartland contributing some surprisingly advanced solos.