Oscar "Papa" Celestin

The Battle of the Bands

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This collector's LP alternates performances by Oscar "Papa" Celestin's band (which featured the ancient clarinetist Alphonse Picou and trombonist Bill Matthews) and Sharkey Bonano's sextet (with clarinetist Lester Bouchon and drummer Monk Hazel among others). The two groups form a strong contrast with Celestin's being both primitive and spirited while Bonano's is hard-driving and smooth; essentially it gives one a chance to compare New Orleans jazz and Dixieland, two overlapping genres. This album will be difficult to find but the music makes the search worthwhile.