Engelbert Wrobel/Frank Roberscheuten/Chris Hopkins: At the IAJRC Convention, Hamburg 1999
There's nothing earth shattering or ground breaking on this session. Just straight ahead pleasant to listen to jazz. The two reed players are handled nicely with alternating solos, each separated so you hear one from the right speaker and the other from the left. One of the highlight tracks is pianist Chris Hopkins' homage to Bix Beiderbecke's undervalued compositions skills with a lovely rendition of "Candlelights" as the other players rest. Like the audience, those favoring straight ahead conventional jazz will want this album for their collection. To learn more about the IAJRC, go to their web page at www.geocities.com/iajrc/ index.htm.
Track Listing: You Do Something to Me; Can't Help Lovin' That Man; Rose Room; I Can't Get Started; Robbin's Nest; Smiles; When I Grow too Old to Dream; Mama Inez; I Surrender Dear; You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me; I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me; Candlelights; El Salon de Gutbucket
Personnel: Engelbert Wrobel - Clarinet/Tenor & Soprano Sax; Frank Roberscheuten - Clarinet/Tenor & Alto Sax; Chris Hopkins - Piano; Harvey Weston - Bass; Bobby Worth - Drums
Style: Dixieland/New Orleans/Swing