CHRIS! - THE CHRIS BLOUNT NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND
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 the band. But Chris Blount is what this CD is all about. He is a George Lewis clarinetist - 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