Ken Colyer

Ken Colyer Trust New Orleans Band

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Although cornetist Ken Colyer passed away in 1988, his music has not been forgotten, particularly in his native England, as shown on this CD. Partly a reunion of Colyer alumni, partly a tribute to his Original Crane River Jazz Band, the music would have pleased the cornetist. The emphasis on this New Orleans jazz set is on ensembles; there are some fine short solos, and the musicianship of this New Orleans-style group is excellent. The front line (trumpeters Norman Thatcher and Sonny Morris, clarinetist Norman Field and trombonist Dave Vickers) is both exciting and coherent, while the four-piece rhythm section keeps the momentum flowing. Highlights include "Down In Jungle Town," "Wolverine Blues," "Walk Through the Streets of the City," and "Sister Kate."