Various Artists

A New Orleans Jazz Sampler

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This CD sampler has selections taken from 18 Jazz Crusade releases. Unfortunately the recording dates are not given although the personnel is listed. The cuts span from the Harlem Hamfats' "Southern Blues" in the 1930s and several revival recordings of the 1960s to fairly recent groups. The emphasis is on the music that producer Big Bill Bissonnette most loves; ensemble-oriented New Orleans jazz performed with an emphasis on spontaneity and spirited playing. Among the musicians represented are Kid Thomas Valentine, Brother Cornbread, Ken Colyer, Captain John Handy, Wilbur DeParis, Sammy Rimington, George Probert and both Big Bill and Sarah Bissonnette.

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