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Album Review

Cornetist Wild Bill Davison recorded often in 1974-77 during his annual visits to Copenhagen and virtually all of those albums (usually released by Storyville) are recommended to Dixieland fans. For this set, Wild Bill is heard either backed by a rhythm section or by a medium-sized group with a sax section. The repertoire is full of ballads although there is plenty of tempo and mood variation. Davison was in his late prime during the era as can be heard on superior versions of "You Took Advantage of Me," "But Beautiful," "I'm Confessin'" and "Blue Turning Gray over You."


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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