In the early 1950s, the English trombonist Keith Christie and his brother, clarinetist Ian Christie, teamed up to co-lead a fine New Orleans-style septet. Other than some slightly earlier recordings for Esquire and a more modern 1958 session, this CD has all of the group's records. With Ken Colyer (who is on the first nine of the 23 cuts) or Dickie Hawdon on trumpet and Pat Hawes or Charlie Smith on piano, this was a spirited group with plenty of fine soloists who improvised in the older style. Although the first three numbers are not very well recorded, the technical quality greatly improves with the second session. Among the highlights are "Heebie Jeebies," "Salutation Stomp" (one of several originals), "Hiawatha Rag," "Farewell To Storyville" and "Them There Eyes." Easily recommended to New Orleans jazz and Dixieland fans.
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