Kenny Davern – Breezin’ Along

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“By the time of this 1996 CD, Kenny Davern already had a full career of accomplishments, and for years, he had had his own sound and a technique that allowed him to hit very high notes with ease. For this set, he is joined by two masterful guitarists (Howard Alden and Bucky Pizzarelli) in a pianoless rhythm section that also includes bassist Greg Cohen and drummer Tony DeNicola. The strong repertoire (mostly Dixieland and swing standards, plus the leader’s minor-tinged song “My Mama Socks Me”), the quiet but heated backup group and Davern’s own enthusiasm results in this being one of his finest showcases. Highlights include “Jazz Me Blues,” “My Honey’s Lovin’ Arms” and “Breeezin’ Along with the Breeze.” Highly recommended to fans of the pre-bop clarinet.” – Scott Yanow/AllMusic.



Track listing:

1 Since My Best Gal Turned Me Down
Written-By – Howdy Quicksell, Ray Lodwig
2 Jazz Me Blues
Written-By – Tom Delaney
3 Rose Room
Written-By – Art Hickman, Harry Williams (2)
4 Dark Eyes
Arranged By – Kenny Davern
Written-By – Traditional
5 Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home
Written-By – Charles Warfield, Clarence Williams
6 My Honey’S Lovin’ Arms
Written-By – Herman Ruby, Joseph Meyer
7 I Surrender Dear
Written-By – Gordon Clifford, Harry Barris
8 Exactly Like You
Written-By – Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh*
9 My Mama Socks Me
Written-By – Kenny Davern
10 Breezin’ Along With The Breeze
Written-By – Haven Gillespie, Richard Whiting, Seymour Simons


Bass – Greg Cohen
Clarinet, Producer, Music Director – Kenny Davern
Drums – Tony Denicola
Guitar – Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden


Label: Arbors Records
Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 1997