Connie Jones

Yellow Dog Blues

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This little-known LP was the second album led by the fine trumpeter Connie Jones (following a Jazzology date by a year). Although it may look like a budget set, a glance at the personnel reveals that the great Eddie Miller is on tenor sax, and the underrated trombonist Rick (Cougar) Nelson is also in the front line with Jones and clarinetist Norman Meyer. The ten songs are all Dixieland warhorses, with Nelson taking two eccentric vocals (which include some yodeling) and Jones doing a decent job singing "Rose of Washington Square." Other highlights include "Margie," "Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me," and "March of the Bob Cats." This is a nice Dixieland date worth picking up by fans of the music.