Original Dixieland Jazz Band

In England

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The original Dixieland Jazz Band's visit to England during 1919-20 caused a sensation and did much to help popularize and even "legitimize" jazz. More importantly for history, The ODJB cut some of their finest recordings while overseas. These very well-recorded documents (some of which are around four rather than three minutes long) feature The ODJB at their best. The performances still do not include any real solos (sticking exclusively to ensembles) but many of the melodies are quite strong. Of their 17 London recordings (all of which are on this CD), highpoints include "At the Jazz Band Ball," "Tiger Rag," "Tell Me," "I'm Forever Blowing," "Sensation, Bubbles" (one of the first jazz waltzes), "I've Lost My Heart in Dixieland" and "Alice Blue Gown." This CD is rounded out by five real obscurities from English bands cut between 1917-24. Spirited as they are, those groups demonstrate that The ODJB was really the pacesetters for the era.