Don Elliott spread his talent across so many endeavors that he never received his due as an inventive jazz artist. Elliott played trumpet, mellophone, and vibes, sang and acted. He did all of that well enough to work with George Shearing, Buddy Rich, Benny Goodman, Billy Taylor, and Teddy Wilson; record with Paul Desmond; appear in a Broadway musical; sing with Hi, Lo, Jack & the Dame; and collaborate in hit novelty recordings. He and Sascha Burland were the "Nutty
Squirrels." In Double Trumpet Doings, Elliott teamed up as well, with Rusty Dedrick. Dedrick's credentials included work with Red Norvo, Claude Thornhill, and Ray McKinley. His style was more conservative than Elliott's bop-oriented approach, making for interesting contrast. The support by Dick Hyman, Eddie Safranski, Mundell Lowe, and Don Lamond put Elliott and Dedrick in the company of an all-star rhythm section.
with Rusty Dedrick, Mundell Lowe, Dick Hyman, Eddie Safranski, Don Lamond