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Keith Ingham Manhattan Swingtet: We’re In the Money

This album’s subtitle is an affirmation of Keith Ingham’s philosophy: the jazz he trusts is updated traditional. The Swingtet is a thinly disguised Dixieland combo, minus trombone, with the leader/pianist playing outside of the two-beat style and providing minimal head arrangements. Of the 17 tunes, most are so obscure they had to be exhumed: just about all of them were written between 1919 and 1943.

That’s one of the weaknesses in this album. Obviously the obscurity is justified: tunes with uninteresting changes deserve to rest in peace. Recording weak material leads to uninspired playing, and there is too much here-particularly those tracks featuring Ingham’s celeste.

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