Alex, I finally found another Cy Laurie fan! I know you like Sandy Brown but Cy Laurie comes closest to the tone of Johnny Dodds of any clarinetist I have heard. But you musicians must know better. I have heard others besides you musicians who say Sandy Brown is superior. Thanks for the information about the trumpet and trombone players having to watch out if they were standing next to Cy. I live in the U.S. and never heard Cy in person-only on those old Esquire lp's.
I have to mention that John R.T. Davies sent Tim two Emidisc recording blanks he had made for Tim with rehearsal recordings of the Cy Laurie band. I suppose he dubbed the recordings which were originally made on reel to reel tapes to Emidisc recording blanks. I wonder what association John R.T. Davies had with Cy Laurie to get those recordings? Did John R.T. Davies ever play in his band?