The Wolverines Jazz Band of Bern Switzerland at 40
Arbors RecordsARCD: 19263
with special guests
Duffy Jackson Jr.
It seems like only yesterday that Arbors Records celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Wolverines Jazz Band of Bern, Switzerland. Now, with this recording released in the year 2001, with undiminished vigor, this incredible group of seven of Europe«s most talented jazzmen, are celebrating their 40th anniversary. It is all the more amazing when you consider that its frontline of Hans Zurbrugg, Beat Uhlmann and Rudolph Knopfel and banjo-guitar player Walter Sterchi have been with the band since 1961, over the entire 40 years of its existence, and that the last personnel change was made more than 25 years ago. Not only does this make this group of musicians an institution in Bern and unique in the history of jazz but it is also a tribute to the continued vitality of its style of dixieland music. In honor of the occasion, the Wolverines were joined for this swinging program by the legendary Clark Terry, and Arvell Shaw together with Frank Capp, Scott Robinson and Duffy Jackson Jr. to demonstrate once again, in the words of leader Hanz Zurbrugg, that "the time of Dixieland is not yet over."
Fidgety Feet, I'm Coming Virginia, Oh, Baby, The Yellow Dog Blues, Wolverine Blues, Mood Indigo, The Wang, Wang Blues, Willie The Weeper, What a Wonderful World, I Want a Big Butter and Egg Man, Rockin' Chair, Love Is Just Around the Corner, Duet, That's A-Plenty