A Jazz Concert In Berlin 1959 - 2nd Set - Kid Ory and Red Allen
The music here is very exciting and the 'jazzmanship' phenomenal! A great mix of black and white musicians swinging together! Recorded for Kid Ory as part of his European Tour agreement in 1959. So welcome to Cold War Berlin at the height of tensions between East and West just two years before the wall went up to keep East Berliners from having the sort of fun you’ll be listening to on this record!br> The second set of this wonderful concert from 1959 has more great tunes and terrific playing as always from this top band. The personnel are Kid Ory trombone and vocals, Henry 'Red' Allen trumpet and vocals, Bob McCracken clarinet, Cedric Haywood piano, Squire 'Gersh' Girsback string bass, Alton Redd drums and vocals.
St. James Infirmary Blues
Aunt Hagar’s Blues
Kid Ory’s Boogie Woogie
At the Jazz Band Ball
Without You for An Inspiration
Reviews of This Recording
This concert at the Sportspalast was recorded by BFM Berlin. Ory's daughter Babette eventually became custodian of the original tapes, and recently sold the rights to the enterprising Bill Bissonnette, owner of the Jazz Crusade record label. The results of this deal can be heard on these two discs. giving punctuation to the ensemble, providing musical full stops and commas where needed, and these, along with his arrangements (mostly little turnarounds, fillers and codas), help to give the band that singular 'Ory sound'. He gets that famous mute of his out to add some tonal colour to Tin Roof Blues and Careless Love. Henry Alien was an inspired choice for this band. He was capable of wildness, but he keeps it mostly under wraps for this concert, while still showing the exciting qualities that his biographer John Chilton called 'adventurous dexterity'. Most importantly, he could still provide that essential New Orleans trumpet lead.
Bob McCracken's playing is a lot more interesting than some of the clarinettists Ory had employed in the past he takes nice solos on Savoy Blues and Sugar foot Stomp. Cedric Haywood, although coming from a bop background, romps away, feeding the soloists the chords when needed, sounding a little like Earl Hines on Careless Love. The solid string bass of Squire Girsback helps to hold the band together, and a plus is the lovely bit of slapping he gets going over the stop time in Wolverine Blues. The drummer, Alton Redd, supplies a loud but effective two and four backbeat rhythm going throughout the evening. (Brit-Trad drummers please note), and he also sings in a rugged blues- shouter style on a couple of numbers. - Sid Bailey