SAMMY RIMINGTON and BILL BISSONNETTE - WATERING THE ROOTS
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 BISSONNETTE, ERIC WEBSTER, KEN MATTHEWS, and COLIN BOWDEN,plus SPECIAL GUEST SARAH BISSONNETTE on tenor sax. There are some great tunes here which are rarely heard in the New Orleans style. Full track listing inside.
1. Old Fashioned Love
2. In the Good Old Summertime
3. I'm All Alone Because I Love You
4. Ice Cream
5. Trouble in Mind
6. When You and I Were Young Maggie
7. Indian Love Call
8. Willie the Weeper
9. Does Jesus Care?
10. Lord Let me In the Lifeboat
11. Lonesome Road
12. My Wild Irish Rose
13. Earl Street Blues
14. Brahms' Cradle Song
15. Mary Wore a Golden Chain
16. Royal Telephone
Reviews of This Recording
This happy session is intended as a tribute to George Lewis, Big Jim Robinson, Lawrence Marrero, Alcide Slow Drag Pavageau and Baby Dodds. The revival group is very well chosen for this endeavor as some players actually received lessons from their idols. The CD offers a generous 16 tunes recorded at a venue in Maidstone, England in early 1995. The tunes are carefully selected vehicles for the soloists and represent pieces often performed by the veteran New Orleans musicians being honored. This album is a gem and brought back many fond memories of my youthful enthusiasm for the music of the birthplace of jazz. - Richard Bourcier
Jazz Review.com - USA
All the musicians do an excellent job, but I liked especially the seemingly effortless collaboration of Rimington and Bissonnette. They have been playing together, off and on, for 30 years, and it shows. They pass the lead back and forth and accompany each other with counter-melodies. Rimington is a lyrical and moving clarinetist, often embroidering but never obscuring the melody. Bissonnette shows that he can play subtly and delicately, often with a mute, as well as with thrilling power. George, Big Jim, Slow Drag, Lawrence and Baby would like this CD. - Gene Miller