This quintet date matches together Bob Wilber (doubling on clarinet and tenor) with flugelhornist Clark Terry, pianist Dick Wellstood, bassist George Duvivier and drummer Panama Francis. Wilber’s last album as a leader until 1969 consists of nine blues-oriented originals and was also issued (with the horn solos cut out) in the Music Minus One series. This Lp (if it can be found) is worth picking up but since Wilber was suffering a bit of an identity crisis at the time, the music is not really all that essential.
Born: March 15, 1928 in New York, NY
Years Active: ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s
Throughout his long career, Bob Wilber has done a lot to keep classic jazz alive. A bit misplaced (most jazz players of his generation were much more interested in bop and hard bop), Wilber (along with Kenny Davern, Ralph Sutton, and Dick Wellstood) was one of the few in his age group to stick to pre-bop music. In high school he formed a band that included Wellstood, and as a teenager he sat in at Jimmy Ryan’s club in New York. Early on he became Sidney…