This ten-inch record features some classics – literally, an arrangement of “Greensleeves” – as well as some Dixieland tunes and some more modern takes.
From the liner notes:
In musical style, the DQ has resisted the trend to modern or “progressive” jazz, finding the tempo and harmonies of Dixieland more to its taste. But the group can be, on occasion, old fashioned enough for barber shop—and modern enough for harmonies that were discords a few years ago. In its repertoire of thirty-seven songs the DQ can find selections for any audience, songs that are both good music and good entertainment.
Most of the songs on this record are recent arrangements not recorded by DQs of previous years. Four of the arrangements are by Crayton Bedford ’56, who has helped the group throughout the year, and especially during the making of this record, as musical adviser.
This record marks the Amherst debut of Bon Wadors of the class of 1959. His solos on “Summertime” and “September Song” will be valuable additions to the DQ stock in trade when he steps into the group as a “regular” in the Spring of 1956.