Kid Ory

Kid Ory in Europe

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The Kid Ory band toured Europe in late 1956, and their December 5 performance at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris was captured for posterity by Verve Records, to which they were newly signed. Possibly it was the fact that they were being recorded, but Ory and the band start out nervous, and rushed in their tempos -- not that they're bad -- before settling into a good groove, aware that the boisterous crowd is with them 100-percent, cheering on the solos and almost everywhere else. Ory's own tone is so beguiling that one can forgive the nervous energy that seems to afflict parts of this album -- it would be a priceless document in any case, but capturing the band working hard through some momentary adverse vibes is almost as valuable as a perfect performance, showing what these guys could do even in their less-than-optimum moments.