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Bob Cats Remembered
     

Bob Cats Remembered

by Bob Crosby
 
The Dukes of Dixieland were one of the top trad bands of the 1950's and 60's, particularly in the early 1960's. With trumpeter Frank Assunto, trombonist Fred Assunto and clarinetist Jerry Fuller as their frontline, they made for a particularly exciting group. Unfortunately both

Overview

The Dukes of Dixieland were one of the top trad bands of the 1950's and 60's, particularly in the early 1960's. With trumpeter Frank Assunto, trombonist Fred Assunto and clarinetist Jerry Fuller as their frontline, they made for a particularly exciting group. Unfortunately both of the Assuntos died fairly young from cancer and by the mid-1970's the Dukes were history. However a few years later the title was used for a new and otherwise unrelated dixieland band that has continued to the present day; they really should have used a different name instead of bragging that they have been around since 1949. The current day Dukes are not quite on the same level as the earlier group but are enjoyable in their own right, with spirited soloists in trumpeter Kevin Clark, clarinetist Tim Laughlin and trombonist Ben Smith. For this tribute CD to Bob Crosby's Bobcats, tenor- saxophonist Tom Fischer and clarinetist Jack Maheu were added to some numbers. There are some fine performances, particularly "Washington & Lee Swing" (at least before the corny ending), Maheu's feature on "My Inspiration," an uptempo "Farewell Blues" and "Who's Sorry Now," but far too many of the ensembles are arranged (the Bobcats were much more freewheeling), an awkward version of "March Of The Bob Cats" partly shifts to "1919 Rag" for no real reason, and some of the piano features are slapdash. However dixieland fans will probably enjoy this set overall.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/29/1999
Label:
LEISURE JAZZ RECORDS
UPC:
0049009106320
catalogNumber:
91063

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Performance Credits

Bob Crosby   Primary Artist
Dukes of Dixieland   Track Performer
Tim Laughlin   Clarinet
Kevin Clark   Trumpet
Jack Maheu   Clarinet
Tom McDermott   Piano
Hank Mackie   Guitar
Tom Fischer   Tenor Saxophone
Ben Smith   Trombone

Technical Credits

Henry Busse   Composer
Kevin Clark   Arranger,Producer
B. Johnson   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
John Shoup   Executive Producer,Management
Ted Snyder   Composer
Leo Wood   Composer
Gus Mueller   Composer

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