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Kenny Davern Trio: No One Else But Kenny

In view of the great chemistry between clarinetist Davern and pianist David Boeddinghaus, the title of this 2006 recording is unfortunate. Granted, it stems from one of the dozen tunes in the session, “No One Else But You,” but it tends to downplay the impressive contributions made by Boeddinghaus, particularly his mastery of stride technique.

However, the title proved to be prophetic; Davern died last December at age 71. While it may sound as if they had collaborated often over the years, the only time their paths had crossed before this recording was at the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland in 2003. In the studio, no arrangements were necessary; just mutual agreement on tempos, beginnings, order of solos and endings. The music took care of everything else. Hey, this is traditional jazz, and the traditions have been in place for well over a century.

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