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Got Butter On It
Sleepy Head
Ready Hokum
My Gal Sal
Daddy Let Me Lay
  It On You
Little Willie Blues
I'll Keep Sittin' On It
Midnight Mama
The Stuff Is Here
Take Me Away From The River
Lina Blues
Trouble In Mind
Gee, But I'm Lonesome
  For You
Mr. Jelly Lord
Ace Of Rhythm
Biscuit Roller
Somebody Stole My Gal
I Wonder
Joy, Joy, Joy

The Original Salty Dogs Jazz Band
With Carol Leigh and special guest John Otto

a salute to "Banjo" Ikey Robinson

Recording since the mid-1950's, usually as a Lu Watters/ Turk Murphy-inspired unit, the Salty Dogs have molded their distinctive sound by expanding their repertoire beyond the standard West Coast TRAD menu. Here, in another fearless stretch of style, they tackle the frenetic music of Jabbo Smith, a variety of small group blues from the 1930's, a Fletcher Henderson big-band arrangement, and some original material by "Banjo" Ikey Robinson.

During their forty-odd years as a force on the Chicago jazz scene, the Salty Dogs were friends with many of the music's pioneers. Clarinetists Darnell Howard and Franz Jackson and trombonist Preston Jackson worked occasional jobs as fill-ins with the band during the 1950's; Howard was a prime influence on Kim Cusack. Pianist Little Brother Montgomery was also a close friend, working with many of the Dogs, and some members gigged occasionally with Lil Armstrong. But the musician with whom the band had a special relationship in recent years was Ikey Robinson, befriended by and later cared for by trombonist Tom Bartlett and banjoist Jack Kuncl during the last several years of his life. Mike Walbridge and Wayne Jones worked occasionally with Ikey, and he was featured in concert with the Dogs at the Good Time Jazz Club, Libertyville, In 1985.