Wilbur DeParis & His New New Orleans Jazz Band
are in typically fine form on this set of radio broadcasts from Jimmy Ryan's (their home base) during 1951-1952. The performances, which are mostly taken from the Dr. Jazz radio series, features the band surprisingly playing without a bassist yet not really not missing that instrument. Trombonist DeParis
, trumpeter Sidney DeParis
, and clarinetist Omer Simeon
always made for a potent front line, and these performances (cut before the band's first Atlantic album) are full of spirit, enthusiasm, and creativity within the genre of New Orleans jazz. Highlights include "Prelude In C Sharp Minor," "The Pearls," "Milneburg Joys," and "Florida Blues." Easily recommended to fans of the band.