From Dixie to Swing (minus Drums)






Product Code: MMOCD5011
Author: Gus Johnson with Various
Publisher: Music Minus One
ISBN-13: 978-1-59615-126-0
ISBN-10: 1-59615-126-9
Publisher SKU: MMOCD5011
UPC-A: 77712350112
Instrumentation: Drums

Performed by Gus Johnson, Jr., drums

Accompaniment: 'Doc' Cheatham, trumpet; Kenny Davern, clarinet & soprano szx; Vic Dickenson, trombone; Dick Wellstood, piano; George Duvivier, bass

Such jazz legends as Dick Wellstood, Alphonse 'Doc' Cheatham, George Duvivier and Vic Dickenson back you up in this amazing collection of New York-style Dixieland standards. After the break-up of the big-band era around 1950, many of the finest 'swing' or mainstream players found themselves without an outlet for their abilities and took to playing 'Dixieland' in New York clubs such as Eddie Condon's and the Metropole. And so was born a new style of Dixieland jazz minus the banjos, tubas, steamboats and magnolias! It is this version we celebrate on this album. We encourage you, the soloist, to invent counter-melodies rather than mere harmony parts. This is a music of loose weaving parts, not one of precision ensemble figures. And in short, it is one of the greatest improvisational experiences any jazz player could hope to have.

Includes a high-quality printed music score and compact disc featuring stereo accompaniments to each piece.


On the Sunny Side of the Street
Way Down Yonder in New Orleans

If a soloist is heard on the demonstration audio clip, a complete reference version is also on the included CD, along with the separate background music for your play-along usage.