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Take Me to the Land of Jazz

Delmark DE 243



  1. Dese, Dem & Dose
  2. That's a Plenty
  3. Mama's Gone Goodbye
  4. Basin Street Blues
  5. High Society
  6. St Louis Blues
  7. Sugar Blues
  8. Original Dixieland One-Step
  9. St. James Infirmary Blues
  10. Dixie
  11. Take Me to the Land of Jazz
  12. Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gave to Me
  13. Memphis Blues
  14. Milenberg Joys
  15. Careless Love
Tracks 1-10
Billy Butterfield – Trumpet
Andy Bartha – Cornet
Ed Hubble - Trombone, baritone sax
Larry Wilson – Clarinet
John Dengler - Bass sax
Bob Warren - Piano
Chuck Karle – Bass
Red Rasele - Guitar
Chuck Damanti - Drums Tracks 11-15
Andy Bartha – Cornet
Ray Brooks – Trombone
Larry Wilson – Clarinet
John Dengler - Bass sax
Billy "Fats" Hagen – Piano
Chuck Karle – Bass
Larry Schram - Banjo
Carl Peticca - Drums

Of the two leaders on this CD, Billy Butterfield is the better known, having made his name with Bob Crosby and later playing for the likes of Artie Shaw and the World’s Greatest Jazz Band. Cornettist Andy Bartha played with Pee Wee Hunt, Les Brown and Clancy Hayes but he was best known in the Fort Lauderdale region of Florida, where his band was resident at the Life Lounge club. The first ten tracks on this CD were recorded in the early 1970s at the Life Lounge, and the last five (without Billy Butterfield) at Fort Lauderdale’s Moonraker Restaurant in 1969.

The repertoire consists mainly of good old Dixieland warhorses like High Society and St Louis Blues, with Butterfield in commanding form, tending to overshadow Bartha’s less fluent playing. But Bartha’s band is good (despite a drummer who tends to thump the bass drum) – especially trombonist Ed Hubble: an inventive musician with echoes of Jack Teagarden.

The recording quality is fair but variable. The last five tracks sound toppy and the last three are decidedly fuzzy. But the music survives on the strength of the enthusiastic ensemble work and the solos – particularly from Butterfield, Hubble and clarinettist Larry Wilson.

Tony Augarde


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