Billy Fox – Uncle Wiggly Suite (CF 068)
Billy Fox’s ten originals included on The Uncle Wiggly Suite all have something to do with sleep, which is only right since the main theme was composed by Fox when he was nearly asleep. However the music is not sleepy at all and it covers a variety of moods and adventurous styles. New Orleans parade rhythms are utilized on one piece, another sounds as if it is Indian music and other numbers include melancholy mood pieces, brief sketches and selections featuring more involved improvising. The unusual ensemble features four reeds, one trumpet, a rhythm section, a percussionist and a string trio. While bassist Mark Dresser and altoist John Savage are often the standouts, each musician makes important contributions to the offbeat and successful music.