Kid Ory

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In 1959, trumpeter Red Allen became part of trombonist Kid Ory's New Orleans jazz band. The matchup was a bit odd because Allen was a pretty advanced player for a New Orleans musician, while Ory's band was very set in its ways. But there was enough overlap between their two approaches for the combination to work during that year. This particular band recorded three albums for Verve and was caught live during their European tour for sets released by Rarities and Queen Disc. The Storyville CD duplicates none of this and was released for the first time in 1998. The group (which also includes clarinetist Bob McCracken, pianist Cedric Haywood, rhythm guitarist Frank Haggerty, bassist Squire Gersh and drummer Alton Redd) performs a variety of dixieland standards including "Original Dixieland One Step," "Wolverine Blues," "St. James Infirmary" (which has an Allen vocal) and "High Society." Red Allen's main influence on the group was probably the utilization of faster tempoes. The strangest moments on this mostly conventional set are Ory's "alternate" (and rather risque) lyrics on "I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate."

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