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With a few exceptions, the emphasis is on slower tempos on this generally wistful and lyrical set. Bob Wilber (sticking to soprano) is assisted by the great stride pianist Ralph Sutton, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, bassist Bob Haggart and drummer Butch Miles for a variety of songs that he enjoys. Included are three classical themes, a few ancient standards (such as two versions of Willie "The Lion" Smith's "Echo of Spring," "Floatin' Down to Cotton Town" and "Roses of Picardy"), and some off-the-wall choices (including "Mexicali Rose" and "Sonny Boy"). A melodic, pleasant and usually lightly swinging program.


Born: March 15, 1928 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

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

Throughout his long career, Bob Wilber has done a lot to keep classic jazz alive. A bit misplaced (most jazz players of his generation were much more interested in bop and hard bop), Wilber (along with Kenny Davern, Ralph Sutton, and Dick Wellstood) was one of the few in his age group to stick to pre-bop music. In high school he formed a band that included Wellstood, and as a teenager he sat in at Jimmy Ryan's club in New York. Early on he became Sidney Bechet's protégé and led his own young group,...
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