THE CRANE RIVER JAZZ BAND with KEN COLYER - REUNITED
The Crane River Jazz Band is one of the most revered jazz bands of the 20th Century. In 1949 they took the UK by storm appearing on BBC TV and Studio 51 in Leicester Square and in 1951 played at the newly opened Royal Festival Hall.
In 1972 the Cranes re-formed and their first London appearance was at the 100 Club in Oxford Street where this CD was recorded. The result was sheer joyousness and almost relaxed telepathic teamwork.
All the players are world renowned in their own right. Ken Colyer trumpet/cornet/vocal, Sonny Morris trumpet/vocal, Monty Sunshine clarinet, Pat Hawes piano/vocal John R T Davies trombone/alto sax, Ben Marshall piano, Julian Davies string bass, Colin Bowden drums.
This is a fantastic live CD.
1 When You and I were Young, Maggie
2 Lord, Lord, Lord
3 Down By The Riverside
4 Washington and Lee Swing
5 Buddy Bolden’s Blues
6 The Sheik Of Araby
7 When I Leave The World Behind
8 When I Move To The Sky
9 When I Move To The Sky (reprise)
Reviews of This Recording
All Crane River Jazz Band aficionados will want to have this CD, and it could serve as a useful introduction for those unfamiliar with the band.
The band here is comprised of most of the original Cranes, Colin Bowden filling in on drums for Ron Bowden (not related), and they are in top form, playing as if they never had parted before. Colyer and Morris dovetail just as they did in the past, and Sunshine weaves wonderful solos as well as obbligatos behind other soloists. Colyer, too, cannot resist joining in to back Sunshine and Morris when they solo.
Bert Thompson - Music Web International