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Album Review

The 1999 version of the Dukes of Dixieland collaborate with the New Orleans Gospel Choir (whose personnel is inexcusably not listed) on this set of gospel-jazz. Nine of the 13 songs have vocals, there are three instrumentals ("Sermonette," "Just a Little While to Stay Here," and "Hymn"), and the band attempts some humor on "Dry Bones." The music from the sextet (which is augmented by three other musicians on some cuts) is decent Dixieland with trumpeter Kevin Clark and pianist Tom McDermott being the most prominent players. This version of the Dukes does not compare to the early-'60s Assunto band but they have their moments and, overall, this is a good-natured session that has plenty of spirit.

Biography

Formed: 1949

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The story of the Dukes of Dixieland is, in fact, a chapter in the broader saga of one of New Orleans' many musical dynasties, that of the Assunto family, which can boast at least three generations of musicians to its credit. Jac Assunto was one of the first jazzmen to record in New Orleans, documented in 1925 by Ralph Peer as a member of the Midnight Serenaders. The Dukes were formed by his two sons, Freddie and Frank, in 1949, and during the '50s they rose to national prominence, first as a feature...
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