Yellow Dog Blues

Yellow Dog Blues

by Soprano Summit


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Yellow Dog Blues

Although only a part-time affair in the 1990s, Soprano Summit (now often called Summit Reunion because it uses the same six musicians who appeared on the band's initial recording in 1973) remains one of the hottest groups in jazz. The interplay between Bob Wilber (usually on soprano) and clarinetist Kenny Davern is full of joy, the rhythm section would be difficult to improve upon and the ensembles are consistently memorable and often quite exciting. For this 1995 session, the sextet mostly brings new life to a variety of Dixieland warhorses (including "Darktown Strutters' Ball," "Hindustan," and a lengthy "Somebody Stole My Gal") although Irving Berlin's "I'll See You In C-U-B-A" is a bit obscure, and the folk song "Darling Nelly Gray" has not been recorded much in a jazz setting since Louis Armstrong teamed up with the Mills Brothers in the late '30s. All of the musicians have opportunities to solo; Bucky Pizzarelli contributes some chordal guitar displays, Milt Hinton plays a few percussive bass solos, Bobby Rosengarden takes some drum breaks on "Somebody Stole My Gal," and Dick Hyman constructs some typically wondrous improvisations in the swing tradition. But the emphasis is on Wilber and Davern and they sound as complementary and competitive as ever. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/18/1996
Label: Chiaroscuro Records
UPC: 0091454033928
catalogNumber: 339

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Soprano Summit   Primary Artist
Kenny Davern   Clarinet
Dick Hyman   Piano
Bucky Pizzarelli   Guitar
Bob Wilber   Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone
Milt Hinton   Bass
Bobby Rosengarden   Drums

Technical Credits

Henry Busse   Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Hank O'Neal   Producer
Andrew Sordoni   Producer
Leo Wood   Composer
Gus Mueller   Composer
Paul Davis   Cover Design,Liner Design
Don Wolff   Liner Notes
Buster Johnson   Composer
Benjamin R. Hanby   Composer

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