Bill Bissonette & His Easy Riders Jazz Band

New Orleans Jazz Uptown Style

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The debut recording by trombonist Big Bill Bissonnette's Easy Riders Jazz Band includes few of the musicians later associated with the band, other than bassist Dick McCarthy and drummer Art Pulver. In their earliest incarnation, the Easy Riders Jazz Band were an octet who featured trombonist Bissonnette, cornetist Bob Fargo, and both Bill Connell and Noel Kalet on clarinets. The two clarinets dominate some of the ensembles and give an eerie feel to much of the music. As is usual with Bissonnette's groups, the intonation of the musicians is less important than their spirit, and ensembles are more significant than individual solos. The music has its rambunctious moments and this long out-of-print album was a solid first step in Bissonnette's goal of having a moldy New Orleans revival band.