|Down By The Riverside (vocal)|
I hope you will like the clip from 'Jazz In Sheep's Clothing' at the top of this page. Although I like music, the real jazz enthusiast is Rod, the Sheep Island Jazz Band's leader and trombonist.
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|Streets Of The City
Down In Honky Tonk Town
Take My Hand Precious Lord
Canal Street Blues
|St Louis Blues
Down By The Riverside
Black Cat On The Fence
|Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Lily of The Valley
Bugle Boy March
Don't let the name fool you, there's nothing woolly about this cassette by the Kent-based outfit. New Orleans styling, led with pleasing verve by the girl in the band, trumpeter Petra Baldwin with Tony Morris (CIt) band leader Rod Birkin (tmb) Peter Harmer (Bjo) Dave Baldwin (Bass) John Cottis (Drs) and guest vocalist Steve Harding on three tracks. No revolutionary departures from a tried and trusted (and well-loved) programme but no complaints, for they are all welcome like old friends. Insert note by Tony Morris sums it up 'Let this recording be a memorial to all those little known bands who were not recorded. Like them, we never reach perfection but get a lot of enjoyment from playing together and there is always that fleeting moment when all seems to go right and you make someone in the audience's neck tingle. What more could you ask? What more indeed, for aiming at perfection produces good stuff like this.
Insert Notes For me, the Golden Age of Jazz was neither in New Orleans or Chicago, but here in England during the forties and fifties, when emerging British bands were not only reviving an almost forgotten music but adding a unique quality of their own.
It was on this foundation that many of the bands we hear today were founded, rather than on the earlier roots of jazz for the original recordings, so plentiful now were not so readily available, or even affordable then.
Infinitely more accessible was the Jazz Club. There you could hear live, the likes of Ken Colyer, Mike Daniels, 'Humph', Chris Barber, and all the other young pioneers of the time. There is also a restriction to listening to old recordings, which is, by and large, you will hear only those bands who were considered commercially viable at that time. Yet there must have been dozens of other bands that we will never hear of, playing in clubs and 'dives' from New Orleans to New York: perhaps technically not such good musicians yet playing with vitality and enthusiasm that entertained the fans just as well.
Let this recording by the Sheep Island Jazz Band be a memorial to all those little known, rough bands who were not recorded. Like them we never reach perfection, but we get a lot of enjoyment from playing together, and there is always that fleeting moment when almost quite by accident all seems to go right, and you make someone in the audience's neck tingle: what more could you ask for?
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