British cult Jazz legend, Ken Colyer, reunited with Brtain's most successful Trad Jazz bandleader for a musical trip to New Orleans.
In 1953 trumpeter Ken Colyer, the first British Jazz musician to play in New Orleans, returned to the UK to join a band set up for him by Chris Barber (which included another significant figure in UK music history, Lonnie Donegan) and a legend was born.
In 1954 the band and Ken Colyer parted company making headlines in the music press. They took on a new trumpet player, became the Chris Barber Jazz Band, became the most popular Jazz Band in Europe and are still gigging regularly. In the 1980s the Chris Barber Band visited New Orleans and embraced the current New Orleans scene making recordings with Dr John and Freddie Kohlman. At that time Chris also staged some reunion concerts with Ken Colyer and this is one of them.
Although noted as a purist for the revival Jazz of the 1940s this CD sees Colyer out if his 'comfort zone' playing with saxophones, electric guitar and 'street beat. Although ill at the time (he died in 1988) he plays excellently, seemingly embracing it with enthusiasm.
To add to the atmosphere the band recreated a New Orleans-style parade band. The album closes with a Dr John song. These recordings, which have never been issued before, are the only known ones of Colyer playing in this context.
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|Packaging Type:||Jewel Case|
|Dimensions (L × W × H):||142mm × 10mm × 125mm|
|1||New Orleans Parade||-|
|2||Just A Closer Walk With Thee, When The Saints Go Marching In||-|
|3||The Sheik Of Araby||-|
|10||All On A Mardi Gras Day||-|