RIVER STAY 'WAY - THATCHER, BLOUNT and VICKERS - Best of British Volume 7
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 personnel are NORMAN THATCHER trumpet, CHRIS BLOUNT on clarinet and DAVE VICKERS trombone are joined by BARRY GRUMMETT at the piano, DAVE BRENNAN on banjo, MALC MURPHY on drums and MICK KENNEDY on string bass.
There's Yes Yes In Your Eyes
Apple Blossom Time
Just A Gigolo
My Memphis Baby
River Stay Way from My Door
Daddy's Little Girl
I'm Sorry I Made You Cry
Lily of the Valley
It Is No Secret
Yes Lord I'm Crippled
Reviews of This Recording
American Rag U.S.A.
River Stay 'Way is an outstanding 70 minute 12/27/95 date by a septet of Uptown New Orleans-styled jazzmen. In the front line are Norman Thatcher, trumpet - commanding lead in a post-Bunk Johnson mode Chris Blount, clarinet - just as good on George Lewis and Dave Vickers, trombone - more than a little Louis Nelson in his gruff, sturdy lines. Their smoothly meshing, urging rhythm team consists of Barry Grummett, piano Dave Brennan, banjo Mick Kennedy, string bass and Male Murphy, drums.
We get lots of ensemble in the 13 title program, plus many front-line 'solos' that actually turn out to be duets with another horn. Except for an extended bruising jam on Indiana, the only soloists are Thatcher, Blount, Vickers and Grummett.
The band plays with confidence, uncompromising integrity and plenty of heart, while the rhythm section digs in for all it's worth. Every ride is satisfying. Uptown buffs can't go wrong here. Five stars. This column's highest rating. - Tex Wyndham