Laughing at Life

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The first of three Discovery CDs by James Dapogny's Chicago Jazz Band features the eight-piece group which includes the pianist-leader, trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso, trombonist Bob Smith, Kim Cusack on clarinet and alto, and Russ Whitman doubling on tenor and baritone playing a variety of Dixieland and classic jazz selections. There are plenty of hot soloists in this group and such numbers as "That Da-Da Strain," "Lulu's Back in Town," "Swing Mr. Charlie," "California, Here I Come," and "Grandpa's Spells" receive frequently exciting treatment. This CD serves as a strong example to James Dapogny's music.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The first of three Discovery CDs by James Dapogny's Chicago Jazz Band features the eight-piece group which includes the pianist-leader, trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso, trombonist Bob Smith, Kim Cusack on clarinet and alto, and Russ Whitman doubling on tenor and baritone playing a variety of Dixieland and classic jazz selections. There are plenty of hot soloists in this group and such numbers as "That Da-Da Strain," "Lulu's Back in Town," "Swing Mr. Charlie," "California, Here I Come," and "Grandpa's Spells" receive frequently exciting treatment. This CD serves as a strong example to James Dapogny's music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/24/1993
  • Label: Discovery / Wea
  • UPC: 010467400626
  • Catalog Number: 74006

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 That da da Strain (3:20)
  2. 2 Delta Bound (4:16)
  3. 3 Lulu's Back in Town (3:28)
  4. 4 Chantez Les Bas (3:31)
  5. 5 Dooji Wooji (3:18)
  6. 6 Caravan (3:55)
  7. 7 St. James Infirmary (5:32)
  8. 8 Swing Mr. Charlie (4:50)
  9. 9 Panama (6:02)
  10. 10 California, Here I Come (4:01)
  11. 11 Blue Blood Blues (3:29)
  12. 12 Grandpa's Spells (2:59)
  13. 13 Squareface (4:05)
  14. 14 Laughing at Life (6:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Dapogny's Chicago Jazz Band Primary Artist
James Dapogny Indexed Contributor, Piano, Conductor, Leader
Bob Smith Trombone
Kim Cusack Clarinet, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Alto (Vocal)
Wayne Jones Drums, Vocals
Mike Karoub Bass
Jon-Erik Kellso Trumpet, Keyboards
Rod McDonald Banjo, Guitar
Russ Whitman Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Technical Credits
James Dapogny Arranger, Producer
Jelly Roll Morton Arranger
Marty Grosz Arranger
Irving Mills Composer
Duke Ellington Arranger
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Will Spencer Engineer
Gene Gifford Arranger
Traditional Composer
Joe Primrose Composer
Jimmy Dale Arranger
Hill Composer
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