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World's Greatest Jazz Band

Bob Haggart & Yank Lawson

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The World's Greatest Jazz Band was formed in the late 1960s by two co-leaders, trumpeter Yank Lawson and bassist Bob Haggart. Although Lawson and Haggart are on this budget LP (along with clarinetist Bill Stegmeyer, tenor saxophonist Bud Freeman, pianist Lou Stein and drummer Cliff Leeman), this is not the WGJB, despite the title. For this interesting effort, Lawson and Haggart perform ten songs having something to do with the Old West, including "South of the Border," "Wagon Wheels," "I'm an Old Cowhand" and "The Yellow Rose of Texas." Fortunately, the songs they picked tend to have worthwhile chord changes suitable for Dixieland, and the overall effect is a lighthearted and generally swinging date.

Biography

Born: 13 March 1914 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s

One of the last survivors of Bob Crosby's Bobcats, Bob Haggart was a top bassist for 60 years. Originally a guitarist, Haggart taught himself bass while in high school. He gained fame when he joined Bob Crosby in 1935, not only supplying his supportive and swinging bass but contributing arrangements and writing such songs as "What's New," "South Rampart Street Parade," "My Inspiration," and "Big Noise From Winnetka," the latter a colorful duet with drummer Ray Bauduc. After Crosby broke up his band...
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 06 January 1960

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