Graeme Bell

In Holland

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Graeme Bell, an important pioneer in the Australian New Orleans revival movement of the late '40s, remained quite active for decades. The pianist is heard on this LP performing at a pair of concerts in 1981 with his sextet. Because his regular trombonist Ken Herron had unexpectedly died, Bell had to hustle to find a replacement for the tour of Holland, getting lucky by utilizing the young Dan Barrett. The music is mostly pretty basic Dixieland, with such songs as "St. Louis Blues," "Hindustan," "Buddy's Habits," and "After You've Gone" getting rousing treatment. Dixieland fans will enjoy this music. And it should be mentioned that the Stan Kenton who plays bass on this album is not the Stan Kenton.

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