CHRIS! - THE CHRIS BLOUNT NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND
Chris Blount’s band on this CD 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 the band. But Chris Blount is what this CD is all about. He is a George Lewis clarinettist - a real New Orleans style master. Chris has taken this band across Europe and is a particular favourite in Sweden.He has never been to New Orleans, not once, but New Orleans has been to him for a very long time!
The personnel here are Chris Blount clarinet, Derek Winters trumpet,Ron Radford trombone, Barry Grummett piano, Tony Peatman banjo, Harry Slater string bass and Steve Upton drums.
When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano
One Sweet Letter from You
Ballin' the Jack
Don't Give Up the Ship
Because of You
My Darling Nellie Grey
Say Si Si
You Always Hurt the One You Love
Old Fashion Love
Reviews of This Recording
Of all the sublimely talented New Orleans clarinettists we have been blessed with, none stood taller, in every sense, than Derby born Chris Blount who could make his instrument veritably sing, sob, chime, even seem to smile........So this re-release from Upbeat of the earlier Jazz Crusade CD is most welcome.....it's going on 20 years since Chris's untimely death, but thanks to the miracle of sound recording, we can hear him still and see him in the mind's eye, standing tall but never ostentatiously, his face fierce with concentration, eyes closed, living the dream as much as the spellbound audience. The one word title says it all. Chris!
Andrew Liddle - Just Jazz
Chris Blount was one of the best British clarinettists in the George Lewis tradition and for many years led a good, star-free band. The material here is well chosen, from splendid old warhorses to rather lovely obscurities and unexpected novelties. Chris sets well-judged tempos, notably that lilting slowing medium beloved of New Orleans bands, and is in fine form on clarinet.