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Cornetist Wild Bill Davison is heard as the lead voice in the 1955 version of Eddie Condon's All-Stars on this collector's LP. With clarinetist Pee Wee Russell getting in some typically unusual solos and fine work from trombonist Lou McGarity, pianist Gene Schroeder, bassist Walter Page and drummer George Wetting, the Condon Gang runs through seven Dixieland warhorses plus a ballad medley that peaks with Davison's chorus on "Rockin' Chair"; other highlights include "Beale St. Blues," "Singin' the Blues" and "I Want to Be Happy."


Born: 05 January 1906 in Defiance, OH

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

One of the great Dixieland trumpeters, Wild Bill Davison had a colorful and emotional style that ranged from sarcasm to sentimentality with plenty of growls and shakes. His unexpected placement of high notes was a highlight of his solos and his strong personality put him far ahead of the competition. In the 1920s, he played with the Ohio Lucky Seven, the Chubb-Steinberg Orchestra (with whom he made his recording debut), the Seattle Harmony Kings, and Benny Meroff. After he was involved in a fatal...
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