Eddie Condon: Jam Session Coast To Coast/Jammin (2003)
Seasoned veterans like Peanuts Hucko, Bud Freeman, and Billy Butterfield could probably run through these changes in their sleep, yet they make the most of the brief solo time, pulling from an endless supply of energetic licks. The group really digs into “Riverboat Shuffle” and “Jam Session Blues/Ole Miss,” each soloist feeding off the energy of who came before. Condon, as always, is barely audible, yet can be heard clearly announcing soloists and shouting encouragement from the sidelines.
Perhaps the group was bolstered by the competitive nature of the session; half of the record belongs to the Rampart Street Paraders, a West Coast group (hence the title of the record). Although the second half is enjoyable enough, Condon’s group cuts everyone from California (which some would argue is as it should be). The second CD, featuring all of Jammin’ at Condon’s, is more of the same: extended jams on Dixieland warhorses. No tune is particularly memorable, yet the group does achieve a consistent level of playful musicianship throughout.
Track Listing: Disc One: 1. Beale Street Blues 2. Emaline/Don
Personnel: Disc One: Eddie Condon (Guitar), Bud Freeman (Tenor Saxophone), Billy Butterfield (Trumpet), Dick Cary (Piano), Edmond Hall (Clarinet), Peanuts Hucko (Clarinet), Lou McGarity (Trombone), Wild Bill Davison (Cornet), Cutty Cutshall (Trombone), Al Hall (Bass), Cliff Leeman (Drums), Gene Schroeder (Piano). Disc Two: Eddie Condon: (guitar), Wild Bill Davison (cornet), Cutty Cutshall (trombone), Edmond Hall (clarinet), Gene Schroeder (piano), Walter Page (bass), Dick Cary (trumpet), Lou McGarrity (trombone), Peanuts Hucko (clarinet), Cliff Leeman (drums), George Wettling (drums), Rampart Street Paraders.
Record Label: Collectables
Style: Dixieland/New Orleans/Swing