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Bob Wilber and the International March of Jass All Stars: Everywhere You Go There’s Jazz

Wilber and his 10-piece international crew give us a swinging set in the tradition of Ellington, Basie, Armstrong, Goodman, Bechet and the Wilber-Kenny Davern group Soprano Summit on this album. The set opens with “Scarecrow,” from the Goodman band book. Wilber’s Goodmanesque clarinet, Bent Persson’s muted trumpet, Peter Appleyard’s Hampton-like vibes, Antti Sarpila’s jump-style tenor, and Dave Cliff’s Charlie Christian-tinged guitar pass in review, all sounding spiffy. “Duke’s Feeling Sad,” the next tune, is a typically lyrical Wilber composition, with lovely piano decoration by Dick Hyman. On Wild Bill Davis’ “Stolen Sweets,” Wilber creates a ’30s and ’40s big band sound with the ensemble.

Pug Horton, Wilber’s wife, sings “Jeepers Creepers” and three others on the album. “With a Song in My Heart” and Wilber’s minor-key “Un Hommage a Sidney Bechet” recreate the Soprano Summit sound with the leader on soprano and Sarpila on clarinet or soprano. Trombonist Dan Barrett blows several tasteful, take-your time plunger-muted solos on the album. Overall, this is a fine, unpretentious, well-ordered, ever-swinging session.

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