World's Greatest Jazz Band of Yank Lawson and Bob Haggart

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Originally known as the Nine and then Ten Greats of Jazz and renamed by its sponsor Dick Gibson as the World's Greatest Jazz Band, the unit officially debuted on this Project Three LP. The WGJB may not have been the greatest or most significant jazz group at the time but, when it came to playing hard-driving Chicago jazz, few other regular bands could compete. Its late-1968 lineup consisted of trumpeters Yank Lawson, and Billy Butterfield, trombonists Lou McGarity and Carl Fontana, clarinetist-soprano Bob Wilber, tenor saxophonist Bud Freeman, banjoist Clancy Hayes who would soon leave the group, pianist Ralph Sutton, bassist Bob Haggart, and drummer Morey Feld. In its two ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Originally known as the Nine and then Ten Greats of Jazz and renamed by its sponsor Dick Gibson as the World's Greatest Jazz Band, the unit officially debuted on this Project Three LP. The WGJB may not have been the greatest or most significant jazz group at the time but, when it came to playing hard-driving Chicago jazz, few other regular bands could compete. Its late-1968 lineup consisted of trumpeters Yank Lawson, and Billy Butterfield, trombonists Lou McGarity and Carl Fontana, clarinetist-soprano Bob Wilber, tenor saxophonist Bud Freeman, banjoist Clancy Hayes who would soon leave the group, pianist Ralph Sutton, bassist Bob Haggart, and drummer Morey Feld. In its two projects for Project Three, it was decided to alternate the usual Dixieland standards with swinging renditions of current pop tunes, in hopes of enlarging the audience and perhaps further inspiring the musicians. Therefore this album finds the WGJB uplifting such unlikely tunes as "Sunny," "Up, Up and Away," "Ode to Billy Joe," "A Taste of Honey," and "Mrs. Robinson." Although those renditions are more tolerable than expected, the high points of this album predictably come during "Panama," "Limehouse Blues," and "Bugle Call Rag."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/25/1999
  • Label: Jazzology
  • UPC: 762247630029
  • Catalog Number: 300
  • Sales rank: 174,087

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 (Back Home Again In) Indiana (5:53)
  2. 2 The Man I Love (3:17)
  3. 3 Indian Summer (4:49)
  4. 4 Big Noise from Winnetka (4:38)
  5. 5 Birth of the Blues (4:43)
  6. 6 Lawrenceville Blues (5:19)
  7. 7 Old Folks (4:17)
  8. 8 South Rampart Street Parade (4:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
World's Greatest Jazz Band Primary Artist
Urbie Green Trombone
Hank Jones Piano
Yank Lawson Trumpet
Bucky Pizzarelli Guitar
Bob Wilber Soprano Saxophone
Bob Haggart Bass
Johnny Mince Clarinet
Ron Traxler Drums
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