, best known as one of the three writers responsible for one of the great jazz biographies (Bix - Man and Legend), is also a fine trumpeter who has the influence of Bix Beiderbecke
fairly well-buried in his own lyrical style. Sudhalter
had lived in England during the 1965-75 period, making this get-together (subtitled "& His London Friends") a musical reunion. Sudhalter and 13 other musicians are heard together in different combinations caressing a set of high-quality swing standards. With Keith Nichols
(doubling on piano and trombone), altoist John R.T. Davies
and trombonists Roy Williams
and Jim Shepherd
emerging as the top soloists in the supporting cast, Sudhlater
sounds quite inspired. Whether it be "Dream a Little Dream of Me," "Tea for Two," "The Blue Room" or "Rose of Washington Square," this is a delightful and very melodic set.