Ken Colyer

The Complete 1953 Recordings in New Orleans

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British cornetist Ken Colyer spent parts of 1952-53 in New Orleans, and the opportunity to play with some black jazz pioneers inspired him for years to come. This CD has all of the recordings that took place during a two-day period when Colyer teamed up with trombonist Harrison Brazlee, clarinetist Emile Barnes, banjoist Bill Huntington, either Albert Glenny (who had been a member of Buddy Bolden's band) or George Fortier on bass, and drummer Albert Jiles. Unfortunately, the music (14 songs plus ten alternate takes) was primitively recorded, and the 44-year old tape was not in the best of shape when it was transferred to this CD. The sincerity of the music on such tunes as "New Orleans Hop Scop Blues," "Climax Rag," "Gravier Street Blues" and "That's A Plenty" comes through, but plenty of erratic moments, plus the frequently weak technical quality, makes this release of primarily historic interest.

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