Rosetta – 1970s

Soprano Summit

A hot swing number from a group filled with classic greats

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Bob Wilber and Kenny Davern both had major careers going before they began teaming together in the early 1970s as Soprano Summit.

Wilber, a protégé of Sidney Bechet in the 1940s, had his own sound within swing and New Orleans jazz on clarinet, soprano and alto while Davern, who emerged in the late 1950s, was one of jazz’s top clarinetists.

On this privately filmed performance from the 1970s, Davern and Wilber (playing a curved soprano) are joined by pianist Dick Hyman, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli (who shows that he was equally skilled on both single-note solos and chords), bassist Milt Hinton, and drummer Tony DeNicola for a swinging version of “Rosetta.”

-Scott Yanow


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