JACKSON,FRANZ & THE SALTY DOGS / Yellow Fire -CD *Delmark DE 237
Franz is one of the few musicians still active who was there when jazz was an infant. He’s been playing professionally for more than seventy years and is one of the great tenor sax players of all time. Franz has led his own groups and worked with Roy Eldridge, Fats Waller, Fletcher Henderson, Cootie Williams, Earl Hines, Red Allen, Wilber deParis and many others. He’s an imaginative writer/arranger as heard on his four originals on Yellow Fire, the title track being a re-visit to a wonderful song originally recorded by Earl Hines. The Salty Dogs saga began in 1947. They have a large and loyal following all over the U.S. and are one of the leading exponents of the West Coast style of traditional jazz. Franz first played with the Salty Dogs in 1956 and Yellow Fire is a wonderfully enjoyable reunion. Thirteen songs include “Zuddan”, “Southside” and “Dippermouth Blues”. Also available: Snag It (DE-223).