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Dick Sudhalter, best known as one of the three writers responsible for one of the great jazz biographies (Bix - Man and Legend), is also a fine trumpeter who has the influence of Bix Beiderbecke fairly well-buried in his own lyrical style. Sudhalter had lived in England during the 1965-75 period, making this get-together (subtitled "& His London Friends") a musical reunion. Sudhalter and 13 other musicians are heard together in different combinations caressing a set of high-quality swing standards. With Keith Nichols (doubling on piano and trombone), altoist John R.T. Davies and trombonists Roy Williams and Jim Shepherd emerging as the top soloists in the supporting cast, Sudhlater sounds quite inspired. Whether it be "Dream a Little Dream of Me," "Tea for Two," "The Blue Room" or "Rose of Washington Square," this is a delightful and very melodic set.

Biography

Born: 28 December 1938 in Boston, MA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Dick Sudhalter has had an unusual dual career as a superior trad-oriented cornetist and as a jazz journalist. The crowning achievement of his latter career was the co-authorship (with Philip Evans and William Dean-Myatt) of the superb Bix Beiderbecke biography Bix: Man and Legend. Less known is that Sudhalter has long been a fine improviser himself. He grew up in Boston and played in England in the 1960s (organizing the New Paul Whiteman Orchestra). Since returning to the U.S., Sudhalter has freelanced...
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