Such jazz legends as Dick Wellstood, Alphonse Doc Cheatham and George Duvivier and more back you up in this amazing collection of New York-style Dixieland standards. After the break-up of the big-band era around 1950, many of the finest swing or mainstream players found themselves without an outlet for their abilities and took to playing Dixieland in New York clubs such as Eddie Condons and the Metropole. And so was born a new style of Dixieland jazz minus the banjos, tubas, steamboats and magnolias! It is this version we celebrate on this album. We encourage you, the soloist, to invent counter-melodies rather than mere harmony parts. This is a music of loose weaving parts, not one of precision ensemble figures. And in short, it is one of the greatest improvisational experiences any jazz player could hope to have.
Includes a high-quality printed music score and compact disc featuring stereo accompaniments to each piece.
- 1) Creamer & Layton, Turner (m&l): (arr. Wellstood)- Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
- 2) Grosz (pseud. Williams) (m): Kennedy (l): (arr. Wellstood)- Red Sails in the Sunset
- 3) Hanley (m): Clarke (l): (arr. Wellstood)- Second Hand Rose
- 4) S. Williams & C. Williams(m&l): (arr. Wellstood)- The Royal Garden Blues
- 5) Hanley (m): MacDonald (l): (arr. Wellstood)- Rose of Washington Square
- 6) McHugh (m): Fields (l): (arr. Wellstood)- On the Sunny Side of the Street
- 7) Mencher (m): Moll (l): (arr. Wellstood)- I Want a Little Girl
- 8) McHugh (m): Fields (l): (arr. Wellstood)- Exactly Like You