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A Jazz Club Session With The Crane River Jazz Band

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A Jazz Club Session With The Crane River Jazz Band
A Jazz Club Session With The Crane River Jazz Band


Legendary British Trad band from the late 1940s reformed in the 1970s and captured 'live' at a club session in 1988 40 years on. In the history of British Trad Jazz two bands loom large from the 1940s revival, George Webb's Dixielanders and The Crane River Jazz Band. The Crane River Band included Ken Colyer and Monty Sunshine two musicians who would go on to greater things. Unlike Webb's band which based its approach on the more sophisticated Jazz played by King Oliver, Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton who went 'up the river' to Chicago, the Cranes based its style on the rugged New Orleans music played by musicians who stayed in New Orleans such as Bunk Johnson and George Lewis. The Crane River Jazz Band had effectively come to an end by 1953 when Colyer set out on his pilgrimage to New Orleans and the band became an affectionate memory and the stuff of legend. In 1972 the original band reformed for some gigs and recordings. This 'live' recording comes from 1988 and was made a few months after Ken Colyer had died. It was recorded by Allan Gilmour, is part of the on-going series on Lake of 'The Allan Gilmour Tapes' and captures all the excitement and atmosphere of a Crane River Jazz Band gig.


  1. Name
  2. Panama
  3. I Want A Little Girl
  4. Pretty Baby; Weary Blues
  5. Wolverine Blues
  6. Faraway Blues
  7. When I Leave The World Behind
  8. Midnight Hour Blues
  9. When You're Smiling
  10. Till We Meet Again
  11. Home Sweet Home
  12. Outro
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