This CD has trumpeter and cornetist Peter Ecklund
leading an all-star septet that he assembled for the 1994 Elkhart Indiana Jazz Festival. Ecklund
is joined by the members of the Orphan Newsboys (clarinetist Bobby Gordon, rhythm guitarist and singer Marty Grosz
, and bassist Greg Cohen
) plus trombonist Dan Barrett
, pianist Mark Shane, and drummer Hal Smith. Grosz
has four vocals, Ecklund
whistles on "Where the Blue of the Night," and the band romps on such numbers as "Yacht Club Swing," "Borneo," "Nobody's Sweetheart," and "Prince of Wails." The musicians play up to their usual level, so this set is easily recommended to mainstream swing collectors.