Bob Wilber has been an indefatigable champion of the New Orleans and Big Band traditions through associations with Sidney Bechet, Bobby Hackett, Benny Goodman, the World’s Greatest Jazz Band and Smithsonian Jazz Repertory Ensemble. Grabbing an opportunity to finally showcase his own fine writing (and playing) with an all-star band assembled for a March 1966 Florida jazz fest, Wilber shines. There are posh originals like “Dancing On a Rainbow” and classy standards such as “It’s Been So Long,” with Wilber’s wife Joanne “Pug” Horton limning the vocal. Whatever the mode or mood, Wilber’s seasoned pros strut with some barbecue.
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