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Genre: Jazz

Artist: Dick Cary

Label: Stereotone

Country of Label: USA

Tracks: 2 track Inline/Stacked

Speed: 7 1/2

Dolby: No

Release date: 1958

Duplicated by: ampex

Master Dub: No

Reel size: 7”

Sound quality rating: 5 / 10

Performance rating: 5 / 10

Record levels: Good


Dick Cary – Hot and Cool 4/5 Stars This out-of-print LP (the music also appeared on the Bell label) gave Dick Cary an opportunity to show off his versatility. Cary plays trumpet, alto horn and piano in a septet also including Bob Wilber (on clarinet and tenor), tenor saxophonist Al Cohnand baritonist Ernie Caceres and Cary contributed five of the eight selections. The music is essentially modern swing, using some updated harmonies but having the spirit of prebop jazz.


Dick Cary, best-known for his stint with Louis Armstrong’s All-Stars (1947-1948), was most significant as a behind-the-scenes arranger and freelance musician in the trad jazz movement. He made his recording debut with Joe Marsala (1942), worked as a soloist at Nick’s (1942-1943), and played for short periods with the Casa Loma Orchestra and Brad Gowans. While in the Army (1944-1946), he was able to keep on recording, including with Muggsy Spanier and Wild Bill Davison. After playing with Billy Butterfield and Louis Armstrong, Cary was with Jimmy Dorsey’s big band (1949-1950); wrote arrangements and played alto horn on Eddie Condon’s television shows; and throughout the 1950s, played and wrote for the Condon gang, recording with Condon, Pee Wee Russell, Max Kaminsky, Bud Freeman, Jimmy McPartland, Bobby Hackett, and others. In 1959, he settled in Los Angeles, working as a freelance musician up until his death. In later years, Cary led his Tuesday Night Friends band and performed often at Dixieland jazz festivals.


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