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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby




Recorded 1927 - 1950

Living Era CD AJA 5466



1. Kid Ory - Ory's Creole Trombone
2. Miff Mole - Slippin' Around
3. Juan Tizol - Keb-lah
4. George Brunis - Tin Roof Blues
5. Brad Gowans - Ja-Da
6. Glenn Miller - My Blue Heaven
7. Tricky Sam Nanton - Black And Tan Fantasy
8. Jack Teagarden - Lover
9. Tommy Dorsey - Marie
10. Sandy Williams - Up In Sidney's Flat
11. J.C. Higginbotham - J.C. From K.C.
12. Vic Dickenson - After You've Gone
13. Benny Morton - Conversing In Blue
14. Dicky Wells - I Got Rhythm
15. Lawrence Brown - Rose Of The Rio Grande
16. Jack Jenney - Stardust
17. Trummy Young - Margie
18. Tyree Glenn - Sultry Serenade
19. George Chisholm - Broadhurst Garden Blues
20. Bill Harris - Everywhere
21. Kai Winding - East Of Suez
22. J.J. Johnson - Yesterdays
23. Benny Morton - Sliphorn Outing


In this increasing market of re-issues and compilations it is a great pleasure to find a release that fits into this category and yet fills a gap in what one would consider to be an essential area, particularly with regards to the new listener to this wonderful music known as Jazz. This disc, and its companions in the series, will serve as an excellent educational vehicle, whilst being a most entertaining experience in its own entity. To describe the contents in the most basic way, this record is made up of twenty-three performances from some of the earlier masters of the trombone. Most of the players are legendary, some are well remembered, some almost forgotten, but all of the artists featured here made a significant contribution to the development of the music and to their chosen instrument's evolution.

The liner note is very good in that it gives brief biographical details for each track - how many times have we bemoaned the lack of such information recently ? There are also full personnel details, and, as would be expected from players of this calibre, the supporting cast is stellar to say the least !

It would be churlish to single out performances as this would surely only be a reflection of taste as the quality is uniformly high. However, it is good to see George Chisholm finally achieving long overdue recognition by his inclusion amongst this illustrious company. On a slightly different note the numbers from Vic Dickenson, Benny Morton and Dicky Wells feature outstanding playing from Sidney Bechet, Barney Bigard and Lester Young respectively.

I recommend this disc unreservedly.


Dick Stafford

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