A Life on the Road - CHRIS BARBER in Retrospect - featuring Ottilie Patterson
Mike Pointon has compiled a wonderful CD of Chris Barber. His unmatched musical career spanned 65 years. Chris Barber retired from bandleading in August 2019 and this CD is released as a tribute to his stature within the jazz world.
The eloquent Belfast-based jazz broadcaster Walter Love assessed Chris’s major contributions to the European jazz scene over the years by stating how much he’d inspired a generation or two of jazz enthusiasts.
This is album is a must for fans of 1950s and 60s jazz and fans of Chris Barber. The selection also features Ken Colyer, Monty Sunshine, Lonnie Donegan, Joe Harriott, Pat Halcox and Ian Wheeler and Ottilie Patterson.
Track 1: 1961 Chris Barber trombone with Pat Halcox trumpet, Ian Wheeler clarinet and alto sax, Eddie South banjo, Dick Smith bass and Graham Burbidge drums.
Tracks 2 and 3: 1953 Barber with Monty Sunshine clarinet, Lonnie Donegan banjo, Jim Bray bass and Ron Bowden drums
Tracks 4 and 5: 1955 Chris on bass with Lonnie Donegan vocal and guitar, Dickie Bishop guitar and Ron Bowden.
Tracks 6-8: 1956 Chris on trombone with Halcox, Sunshine, Donegan,Micky Ashman bass, Bowden and Ottilie Patterson vocals.
Tracks 9-13: 1961 Barber, Halcox,Wheeler, Eddie Smith, Dick Smith, Burbidge and Patterson
Tracks 14-16: 1961 Barber, Halcox, Wheeler, Eddie Smith, Dick Smith, Burbidge
Tracks 17-19: 1962 Personnel as 14-16 with the addition of Ottilie Patterson
Tracks 20-22: 1963 Personnel as 17-19 with Joe Harriott alto sax on track 20 and Iam Armit piano on track 21.
Tracks 23: 1962 Personnel as 14-16
1 Bourbon Street Parade
2 Stockyard Strut
3 Double Check Stomp
4 Railroad Bill
5 Lost John
6 Bogalusa Strut
7 Whistling Rufus
8 Reckless Blues
10 Maple Leaf Rag
11 Black Tan Fantasy
12 I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
13 Ory’s Creole Trombone
14 Alligator Hop
15 Blue Blood Blues
16 Shout ‘Em Aunt Tillie
17 Heavenly Sunshine
18 Creole Love Call
19 Market Street Stomp
21 Oh Baby
22 I Know Somebody/I’ve Got My Mojo Working
23 Stevedore Stomp