by Ken Dryden
Bob Wilber with Clark Terry Blowin' the Blues Away Classic Jazz 2008 Nik Payton and Bob Wilber Swinging the Changes Arbors 2008 Soprano Summit 1975...and more! Arbors 2008
Bob Wilber has been on the jazz scene for ages, once a student of Sidney Bechet. He ...read more
by Jack Bowers
This marvelous new recording by clarinetist Bob Wilber and the Tuxedo Big Band from Toulouse, France, is akin to finding buried treasure — and it’s no wonder, as these sparkling arrangements by Fletcher Henderson were “buried” for many years in collections donated by Benny Goodman to the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts and the Yale University Music Library. Wilber was given access to them in 1984 as he planned a 75th birthday tribute to the King of Swing ...read more
by AAJ Staff
This is simple stuff, plain and unassuming. Two high horns, with a broad arsenal, trade nimbly over a bright trio. The group was formed for a hotel job in 1984 and plays to this day. The repertoire is expected: old standards and basic originals. The album has no surprises, save one: this old music sounds fresher than a lot of modern bands. This is what swing is all about.
The horns step together on “Smiles”, a parallel theme with plenty ...read more