Kevin Clark / Tom McDermott – Smiles


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Track List

  1. Smiles
  2. Sugar Blues
  3. Wild Man Blues
  4. I’m Confessin’
  5. Chinatown,  My Chinatown
  6. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
  7. Musette For A Silent Movie
  8. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
  9. St. Louis Blues
  10. Louisiana
  11. South
  12. Careless Love
  13. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
  14. Rockin’ Chair
  15. High Society
  16. Up A Lazy River
  17. Blue Buick


  • Kevin Clark – Cornet
  • Tom McDermott – Piano

Original Release Date – 2001


Kevin Clark & Tom McDermott

Smiles: Cornet/Piano duets in the New Orleans style



Somewhere in both Tom McDermott and Kevin Clark’s early report cards, there must be comments that say, “Plays well with others.” Both musicians are known for their continuing and musically fruitful relationships: McDermott with Evan Christopher and Connie Jones, among others, and Clark with the New Orleans Nightcrawlers and the Dukes of Dixieland. This record of duets came out in 2000, but they have reissued it now with several newer tracks; it is classic New Orleans music full of Spanish-tinge rhythm and beautiful melodies. Each musician gives the other space, which allows their voices to solo and mix with grace and soul. There are great versions of Jelly Roll Morton’s “Wild Man Blues” and a stately run through “High Society.” Clark’s use of a mute for “Chinatown, My Chinatown” has precision and skill without sounding too formal. Their version of “Wrap Your Trouble in Dreams” has a more-bluesy, less-wistful tone to it. McDermott contributes two originals to this book of standards, and they are classic McDermott. “Musette for a Silent Movie” works the Creole/classical/film score vein that McDermott is an expert in without sounding too stiff. “Blue Buick” at the end of the disc also has a silent-movie feel, again with Clark on sly mute and McDermott playing stride style that sounds both old and new at the same time. For those who want to hear a record with fine music, excellent and sympathetic musicianship, and no strain, these duets fit that bill and more.

David Kunian




Additional information

Weight 5.0 oz
Dimensions 5.0 × 5.5 × 0.5 in
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