March 1998

Dave Burns and Hot Mustard
Nothing Loved Is Ever Lost
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Burns and his Hot Mustard jazzers from D.C. have put together a remarkably mellow and entertaining CD that is, as they say, an "homage to the creators of the much-loved, imperishable standards." From "The Way You Look Tonight" to other classics such as "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "Little White Lies," the group captivates with fine musicianship from cats who obviously have a real respect for these timeless compositions.

Burns is a sure and capable vocalist throughout the program, while also injecting plenty of fine trombone licks, notably on "Caravan." He's not Sinatra, to be sure, but who cares? The moods and the music are brought home with conviction.
The smooth clarinet work of Ron Hockett is a highlight, who also proves to be no slouch on the alto and soprano, either. Check out his clarinet chops on the cooking "Speak Low," along with some really spirited vibe work from Chuck Redd.

There's humor, too, as Burns turns to the trombone on "Lulu's Back in Town," with Hockett impressive on the soprano, and the mood of "Dancing in the Dark" is perfectly captured with the work of guest guitarist Charlie Byrd and the flute of Dave Yarborough.

Other Hot Mustard band members are Larry Eanet on piano, who is stellar throughout, Steve Novosel on bass, guitarist Steve Abshire, Harold Summey on drums and percussionist Sam Turner.

This is music guaranteed to lighten your mood, make your toes start tapping, and enhance your appreciation for the musical heritage we enjoy. There's plenty of joy and good taste here, and it comes through loud and clear.

Originally published in March 1998
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