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|Instruments||Music and Musicians|
|Accompanist/ Conductor||Dick Wellstood, piano; "Doc" Cheatham, trumpet; Vic Dickenson, trombone; Kenny Davern, carinet & soprano sax; Gerorge Duvivier, bass; Gus Johnson, Jr, drums|
Customer Reviews (3)
- "Superlative Stars, All!"Review by Big Toots
At times, categorizations – especially those that relate to jazz - fail to adequately describe what’s out there for one’s ears. “from Dixie to Swing” as a title is assuredly a failed, but honest, attempt to describe the marvelous music which this album offers. Why pigeonhole? Sure, there’s “Dixie” orchestrations of selections dating back to Storyville and classic ‘Nawlins combined ensemble improv present. However, the wonderful musicians on the date take what’s given them – old shoes - and shine ‘em up most gloriously. Whether it is “Swing,” Dixie, “Hot” or a corned beef sandwich eaten between takes, this effort is sublime.
Pianist Wellstood, a true stride savant, leads his highly energized and swing-with-it team of true stars. Woodwind man, Kenny Davern, a la Sidney Bechet, dons soprano and clarinet and cooks it up Cajun spicy. The great “Doc” Cheatham, a true Armstrong acolyte and bridge therefrom, is at his high-flying and swinging best, and Vic Dickenson lends humor, chops and superior gut-bucket flair to the proceedings. George Duvivier, here, as always, is one of the bass voices of the jazz Gods (the others being Charles Mingus, Rufus Reid and Christian McBride) and drummer Gus Johnson, Jr. drive the stagecoach mercilessly.
The material covers classic “Nawlins dishes (“Way Down Yonder in New Orleans,” “Royal Garden Blues”), as well as a number of selections which emanated from other sources (“Second Hand Rose,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” “I Want a Little Girl”). Although not referenced by name on the liners, Cheatham and Dickenson truly stand out, letting all fly each time brass touches lips. Davern, a solid soloist, swings and Wellstood plays “Goldilocks” piano – where every note is just swingingly “right.”
“from Dixie to Swing” is a half-hour plus of truly great music. While you might already know the tunes, the only genre category you’ll encounter is the one called “superlative.”
(Posted on 6/17/2015)
- The Dick Wellstood All-StarsReview by Simon Sez
From Dixie To Swing has, as one would guess, both Dixieland and swing tunes. But this album is not a history lesson and it really does not matter where the tunes came from. What matters is that Wellstood and his all-star band, which includes Doc Cheatham, Vic Dickenson and Kenny Davern, all dig into the tunes and swing them to pieces.
Simon Sez: From 1973, Dick Wellstood’s From Dixie To Swing (CJ10) with Doc Cheatham and Kenny Davern is full of swinging solos.
(Posted on 5/6/2014)
- Review by -Scott Yanow
Whether called dixieland or swing, this CD will be enjoyed by fans of spirited small group jazz." (Posted on 6/12/2013)
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