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Brian Carrick: "I contacted Max Jones of Melody Maker and offered to be his correspondent in the States, but I should have done what Ken Colyer had done, get a job on a ship and then jump ship in the States. So I didn't make it [to New Orleans] till 1973." - (Just Jazz May 1999)

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COVID-19

In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.

Today

As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

CD Review: Buster Bailey - Memphis Blues


(Review by Russell)

Retrospective, a division of Nimbus Records, has released a corker of an album featuring no fewer than forty seven tracks spanning thirty four years featuring the work of Buster Bailey. In the history books as a formidable technician, constantly in demand during a long career - from WC Handy to Armstrong's All Stars - yet considered by some to have an inferior sound to some of his peers, not least the truly famous Benny Goodman, Memphis Blues will, perhaps, spark a reappraisal of Bailey's place in the clarinet pantheon.

During a long recording career, predominately as a sideman, Bailey's clarinet is heard alongside a who's who of the jazz world. The early years in New Orleans with King Oliver and Armstrong, the move north to Chicago and on to New York (working once again with Armstrong in Fletcher Henderson's outfit) and his tenure with John Kirby, Bailey more than held his own.

Blues in C Sharp Minor and Warming Up with Teddy Wilson are two of many highlights across the two discs. Bailey's own Rhythm Busters are represented, sessions with Benny Carter, Coleman Hawkins and others take their place, as does his remarkable sustained single note, circular breathing blowing - all forty five seconds of it! - on St Louis Blues (John Kirby's Onyx Club Boys from 1942). 
Russell
Buster Bailey Memphis Blues is available on Retrospective (RTS 4356) 

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