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The trombone was a bit of a late developer as a jazz instrument, and musicians such as Miff Mole and Tommy Dorsey promoted its role in the mid-twenties. But in many people's eyes the subject of this compilation was the finest of all jazz trombonists, with a highly personal and instantly identifiable style, both on his chosen instrument and in his vocals. His playing was deceptively simple; it favoured the upper register, and wove mellifluous patterns with apparent disregard to the ground beat. His vocals were likewise charged with a lazy quality, which was enhanced by his southern drawl, and always sounded as though his tubes had been lubricated in advance with what W.C. Fields described as spirituous liquor.
His earliest recorded solo was with the orchestra of Roger Wolfe Kahn, and the second take, unissued at the time, is included here. Although only 23, his emergence on the New York scene did not go unnoticed, and he was soon in demand as a session man by Eddie Condon, Louis Armstrong, Red Nichols and Benny Goodman, while at the same time playing in Ben Pollack's Park Central Orchestra. All are represented here, together with recordings under his own name, of which the most evocative is "Davenport Blues" with its ethereal introduction.
This is a superb sampling of Jack's art, beautifully remastered with a full discography. It's memorable for the consistently high quality of his playing (to quote from the Penguin Guide "there are scarcely any moments when he sounds less than wonderful"). If you're not a devotee already, buy this and be converted.