Mike Walbridge’s Chicago Footwarmers – Crazy Rhythm
Delmark DE 247 (2007)
Traditional jazz tubaist Mike Walbridge has been active on the Chicago scene for forty five years as leader of The Chicago Footwarmers and a member of the Chicago Salty Dogs. Clarinetist/alto saxist Kim Cusack has been jamming with Mike since their teens! Kim has been active for many years also in the Footwarmers, the Salty Dogs, Jim Dapogny’s Chicago Jazz Band and several groups at Andy’s, one of Chicago’s best jazz clubs. This CD features two mid-60s sessions previously available on the Blackbird label plus a newly recorded 2007 session. The 60s sessions feature Johnny Cooper, piano; Eddie Lynch, banjo; Glen Koch, drums. The 2007 session features Don Stiernberg, banjo / guitar; Bob Cousins, drums.