A Jazz Concert In Berlin 1959 - 1st 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!
The second set is on JCCD3126.
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.
Original Dixieland One-Step
(I Wish I Was In) Peoria
Tin Roof Blues
When the Saints Go Marching In
Reviews of This Recording
King’s Jazz Review — British Jazz Publication
The two sets double Jazz Crusade 'A Jazz Concert in Berlin – 1959' album is not only of an historical event, but is of unique significance and value of equating my youth of sixty years ago and still then a teenager to the period of the young musicians in England at the time who were giving noteworthy playing performances of traditional jazz music styles coming out of America played by trombonist Kid Ory, cornetist Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five and Hot Seven jazz artists’ members, including several more from New Orleans, naming clarinettist Sidney Bechet as one among them of importance in this field.
Without you for an Inspiration, the finalé tune - feels like as if it was the Kid Ory signature tune. I’m Shy Mary Ellen I’m Shy, that's how it sounded like to me, is a wonderful emotional ending to an enterprising eventful super Berlin jazz concert - truly inspiring, Big Bill - yes. - Ian King