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    Duet Jazzology

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Review Text In 1973 the great swing/Dixieland trumpeter Billy Butterfield recorded a set of duets with the equally great stride pianist Dick Wellstood. Both of the musicians were still in their prime, which was impressive considering that Butterfield had already been a major musician for 35 years. Duets can be difficult because there is nowhere to hide, but in this case it was an obvious joy for the musicians. Wellstood's strong, two-handed style would have made the inclusion of a bass, a rhythm guitar, and drums a bit of a frivolity, and Butterfield's iron chops meant that he did not get weary easily either. Their renditions of a dozen standards plus a second version of "It's a Wonderful World" are full of spontaneity, logical improvising, and exciting moments with plenty of sparks flying. Highly recommended. ~ Scott Yanow

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Willow Weep for Me
  2. 2. Ain't Misbehavin'
  3. 3. Summertime
  4. 4. You Can Depend on Me
  5. 5. I've Got the World on a String
  6. 6. On the Sunny Side of the Street
  7. 7. Dear Old Southland
  8. 8. It's a Wonderful World
  9. 9. It's a Wonderful World
  10. 10. I've Got It Bad
  11. 11. Cherry
  12. 12. Here's That Rainy Day
  13. 13. Keeping out of Mischief Now

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