Connee Boswell and the revived "Original Memphis 5", 1957
by David Tenner
Since there has been some talk here of Connee Boswell in the 1950's, I would just like to mention the album "Connee Boswell and the Original Memphis Five in Hi-Fi" that was made in 1957. She is on seven of the twelve tracks; the others are instrumentals with a new "Original Memphis Five" which included Billy Butterfield on trumpet, Gene Traxler on bass, and Tony Sbarbaro on drums and three survivors from the "old" Original Memphis Five: Jimmy Lytell, Miff Mole, and Frank Signorelli.
On paper, this looks like a great combination, and it has its champions: See Will Friedwald's praise, quoted by Albert at
http://www.network54.com/Forum/27140/message/1195740023/Connections+of+Connee+Boswell+to+Bix. "But after the partial success of the Oliver album, Boswell created her last important work, the apex of her entire career: 'Connee Boswell and the Original Memphis Five In Hi-Fi' (1956, Victor). It began as a project to record the ailing jazz giant Miff Mole. 'He was a great trombonist of the twenties,' she told Rich Conaty; he 'had been very sick and they didn't expect him to live. Finally he got a little better and [Victor] finally decided to ... call and ask me if I wanted to do this Dixieland album. They were going to get as many [of the Original Memphis Five] as they possibly could'...In a telephone conversation shortly before his death in 1972, Jimmy Lytell said that of the thousands of records he'd made, 'that one with Conne Boswell' was easily his favorite."