On this CD Geoff Cole takes on JR Morton for us. A formidable task under any circumstances, but this time made tougher due to Big Bill's standard rule of recording only spontaneous jazz on Jazz Crusade. This is not a copy of the original - it is a take on it, so we have a flavour of the great man bit it still swings in a more up-to-date fashion. In addition to Morton composed material we also have some that Morton just played. Hence the title - Mainly ... [MORE]
The name Reed Renaissance was coined by Big Bill's wife Sarah who said - Probert is the Michaelangelo of reed players while Helm is Leonardo! Like Michaelangelo, Probert is energetic, unorthodox, spontaneous and brilliant, while Helm, like Leonardo was meditatice, logical, calm and a genius. The resulting CD cuts a wide swath of repertoire, and the quartet keeps the music uncluttered and fresh. These must be the youngest 'old timers' on the ... [MORE]
Three great bands from around the world in this 1990s series of recordings of great New Orleans Jazz from around the world. The series opens with a marvellous band from Down Under - The Louisiana Shakers. Australia is one of the biggest markets for jazz and is producing some great home grown bands like these which deserve and ariing in the northern hemisphere.
Next up we have a great band from Scotland - Jake's Melody Boys. Equally in ... [MORE]
Chris Blount has been a band leader and jazz clarinet player since the 1950s, but this current band was four years old at the time of the recording in 1996 at The Grosvenor Hotel in Nottingham, England. All the players on this disc are fine in their own right, but as an ensemble they are exceptional, and the effect is wonderful. Derek WInters' strong, solid bedrock trumpet lead gives the band punch and drive. He is a marvellous player and a great asset to ... [MORE]
Recorded at The Pizza Express in Maidstone in December 1995, this recordings features Sarah Bissonnette's British All-stars. It runs a generous 72.45 minutes and incudes some unusal tunes, all give the special Probert treatment.
The Personnel of the All-stars are George Probert reeds with Sarah Spencer tenor sax, Dave Copperwaithe on trumpet, Geoff Cole trombone, Pat Hawes at the piano, Andy Ford on banjo, Ken Matthews string bass and Pete Lay on ... [MORE]
By the time of the 1972 Crane River Jazz Band reunion tour each of the original musicians had charted his own music course. Thus the '72 band had a sound of its own, very distinct, very different from the uniqueness of the original Cranes. This CD is a tribute to the sound of the original Cranes by the only band in England who can pull it off! The personnel of the KC Trust Band was selected by leader NORMAN THATCHER in 1993. It is a strong line-up, ... [MORE]
WILTON CRAWLEY and his clarinet are featured here on 11 tracks with jazz greats Henry 'Red' Allen, trumpet, Charlie Holmes alto and tenor sax, Luis Russell on piano, Pops Foster on bass and Paul Barbarin on drums.
These great tracks are complemented by 12 tracks from FESS WILLIAMS on clarinet and alto sax, who is joined by Jelly James on trombone, Lockwood Lewis and Felix Gregory on sax, Hank Duncan at the piano and Ralph Bedell on drums. 23 tracks in ... [MORE]
This is number 7 in a series entitled “The Best of British” from Jazz Crusade label. Some of the finest British jazzmen from three of the UK’s top bands – The Ken Colyer Trust New Orleans Jazz Band, The Jubilee Jazz Band and the Chris Blount New Orleans Jazz Band. The session was recorded at The Bull in Barnes in December 1995. It features lots of unusual tunes and a great ensemble! As Kid Thomas used to say, 'Take your shoes off and stay awhile'
The ... [MORE]
In the mid 1980s, Big Bill Bissonnette and Paul Boehmke started a band together. They tried to blend the Classic Jazz of the 1920s - Paul was a huge fan of the clarinets of Omar Simeon, Johnny Dodds and Jimmie Noone - with the trombone style of Jim Robinson and the 60s revival. The result was musically successful as this CD will testify. Why not give it a try?
The personnel here are Big Bill Bissonnette trombone, Paul Boehmke clarinet and tenor sax, ... [MORE]
George Probert is best known for his records with Kid Ory and Alvin Alcorn, and for his work with The Firehouse Five plus Two. He made some of teh most supreme soprano sax recordings of the 50s and 60s. This CD dates from the 1990s and is the culmination of a long held desire by Jazz Crusade's Big Bill Bissonnette to record George for his label.Probert plays hot, hot, hot sounds, so check it out and see for yourself.
The personnel here are George ... [MORE]
One of the most effective jazz combos is the trio. Here we have three great protagonists of the British Jazz scene. Each the best at what they do so with musicians this experienced the main focus for the producer is picking good numbers for the mix. Here we covered a wide range of stomps, ballads, blues and tin pan alley tunes. We think that this is one of the most important trio releases of recent times.
The Red Light Trio is Norman Field clarinet, ... [MORE]
From Big Bill's liner notes: In the 1950s I used to go to New York City and hang around with Wilbur de Paris. In the 60s I went to New Orleans to hang around with Big Jim Robinson. So it's only natural that now in the 90s I go to Surrey to hang around with Geoff Cole! I love good trombone players, they are a great breed. Geoff's probably the best there is today....surrounding him on this session are some of the best sidemen in the UK....This is number 5 ... [MORE]
Listening to this music you could imagine it coming from one of the many dockside bars along Decatur Street in the 1940s or 50s. But this was in fact recorded by a group of British musicians - one set from 1995 sans audience for Jazz Crusade, the second 'live' at a jazz festival at an English holiday camp in 1994. The programme includes a wide range of spirituals, blus, ballads and even a 'breakdown' or two. Sit back, and enjoy!
The personnel here ... [MORE]
From Big Bill's liner notes: I'm a gardener. If you are too then you know that the most essential thing to do for anything to keep growing is to water the roots. Water long and deep. New Orleans Jazz has never been closer to extinction. So many of the greats are gone. On the afternoon of January 2 1995 we all got together to water the roots. This CD is the result of that session.
The personnel that day were: SAMMY RIMINGTON is heard here with BIG BILL ... [MORE]
Named number 3 in the Jazz Rag Best Re-issue Chart 2018
These sessions were recorded at the Bull at Barnes with both pianist Johnny Parker and clarinetist Brian Carrick both in leg braces and walking with canes as a result of their various afflictions - but when it came to the music, they are second to none. this is a great ensemble and produced a marvellous session!
The personnel are Johnny Parker at the piano with Brian Carrick clarinet, ... [MORE]
If you loved jazz, then Jimmy Ryan's was the place to be. Wilbur de Paris would stand on the left side of the stage with Eddie Gibbs on a high stool next to him. Then came to rotund Omer Simeon and finally on the far right stood brother Sidney de Paris surrounded by an array of instruments and mutes. Directly behind was Freddie Moore at the drumset. Next to him Don Kirkpartrick at the baby grand piano. There was no bass player. Together they were the ... [MORE]
Few men have caused greater upheaval or changed the artistic landscape in New Orleans more than Capt. John Handy. He brought a sweeping breadth of musical knowledge into a field that many had thought too stodgy. The great 60s revival was the result. He is one of the legendary greats of jazz - just listen to this CD and you'll know why!
The personnel are: Tracks 1 – 7 Capt. John Handy (asx), Punch Miller (tp), Homer Eugene (tb), Andrew Morgan (c/tsx), ... [MORE]
The music on this CD was recorded on 28th June 1986 at the Stockholm Jazz Festival. The recording was made at Ken's request as he wanted to document his stay in Sweden. He was due to return the following year, but sadly grew too ill. In July 1985 he recorded what was to have been his last record with Acker Bilk for the Stomp Off label, but with the release of these tracks, this was to become his last recording - worthy testament for a great jazz ... [MORE]
Big Bill is back with his own brand of jazz - determined to lead the mouldiest white jazz band in the world! Balls to the wall jazz. The stuff that leaves you breathless and exhausted at the end of the gig whether you're a player or a fan. On this CD Big Bill is joined by some of the finest British musicians to recreated the great sounds of the 60s revival. Recorded in October 1993 on a cold wet afternoon at The Bull in Barnes, these tracks really ... [MORE]
The much-awaited second volume from 1993’s French Quarter Festival in New Orleans.
A Jazz Gumbo then is an excellent description for the recent production of Big Bill Bissonnette's Jazz Crusade label! T his latest CD is a melting pot full of good things which the titles alone disclose. This is a line - up of 18 of the best New Orleans stylists in the world. The music is best described as hot, exciting and very much alive. The recording ... [MORE]
Gumbo is a traditional New Orleans soup containing many individual ingredients which mix into a spicy, well-seasoned and vigorous whole, and this is musically what we have here. The recordings were made during the 1993 French Quarter Jazz Festival and Bill has taken 18 local and visiting musicians in various combinations to produce a blend of authentic New Orleans jazz.
Bissonnette's newest project found him in New ... [MORE]
A souvenir of the two years that Easy Riders played together in the 80s. They made some interesting music, and this CD testifies. Great jazzmen making great New Orleans music. The personnel are: Big Bill Bissonnette (tb,v), Paul Boehmke (rds,v), Bob Shallue (pn), Bill Sinclair (pn), Jim Tutunjian (sbs,v), Bob Lasprogato (dm) [MORE]
A souvenir of a wonderful tour of Scandanavia in 1974 by Kid Sheik Cola with special guest Joseph 'Brother Cornbread' Thomas, a New Orleans old stager and first class clarinet! The tour was a huge success and this CD was recorded in Copenhagen with Joseph Thomas, known in New Orleans as Brother Cornbread, who sang and also entertained audiences with his little dance. The Kid had to work hard to ensure that Cornbread did not get all the attention, and when ... [MORE]
IT'S BACK! Long awaited re-issue of this iconic album!
What you hear here will transport you back to a bright, sunny day in October 1968 and to the Kid Thomas Valentine Algiers Stompers virtually at their peak. The music is vintage Thomas with his standard line-up. As he always did he would just begin a tune and the band would pick it up. They knew what he was going to play from the first few notes. This was a cohesive session, the whole group ... [MORE]