Chris Barber's Jazz Band

Cornbread, Peas & Black Molasses

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This strong jazz-oriented date (which just has a touch of the blues in the title cut) is taken from a series of concerts by trombonist Chris Barber's band that took place in December 1998. The trad music includes such warhorses as "Bourbon Street Parade," "Mood Indigo," "Isle of Capri," "Wild Cat Blues," and "High Society." Barber, his longtime trumpeter Pat Halcox, and John Crocker and John Defferary on reeds have plenty of solo space and the pianoless octet is in typically spirited form. An excellent example of how Chris Barber's band sounded in the late '90s.

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