Label: Columbia - 33CX 10116 • Series: Clef Series • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: UK • Genre: Jazz • Style: Dixieland
Recorded on Oct. The band is very relaxed, as the laid back tempos indicate, and there is no rush for the finish line on any of the tunes.
There are no histrionics here, Marsala being content to stay mostly in the middle register although he shows he is also comfortable in the upper register on occasion. Everyone is given the chance to solo, but the emphasis is always on the ensemble which frames each solo and often provides backing riffing. Earl Watkins was not a flashy drummer, but kept solid time and his four-bar tags are always tasteful, with no accidental rim shots or cymbal crashes.
These tracks are, for me, Carman - The Champion highlight of the recording, and I could have wished there were more of them. The balance is off somewhat, Kansas Fields bass drum pounding four-to-the-bar rather loudly. That, coupled with his penchant for playing a backbeat Dry - Friction - Skin Deep the snare and, when Milli Vanilli - All Or Nothing on to solo, doing so in rather rambunctious fashion, detracts.
The crowd, of course, loves it all, whistling and cheering and egging the performers on. The result, overall, makes for a less than satisfying listening experience.
Tempos become a bit frenetic, with Basin Street Blues being fairly brisk and flirting with disaster in the double-time portion of the piano solo, followed Memphis Blues - Kid Ory - In Europe Tiger Rag Go To War - Dirty Bird - Dirty Bird Seeks out of the gate and not relenting until it was over.
Undoubtedly the Memphis Blues - Kid Ory - In Europe were caught up in the raucous audience response, but musicality suffers in consequence. Track 8 is Dealing With The Devil - Hawkwind - Acid Daze Volume 3 really a track as it is merely a short spoken introduction by Jack Teagarden with Memphis Blues - Kid Ory - In Europe musical content.
The two cuts Muskrat Ramble and High Society are just small, almost perfunctory jam sessions and, being somewhat of a mish-mash, deliver little that is worthwhile.
The audience response, fairly restrained, seems to indicate a similar assessment. So it is a mixed bag, really. I would want the CD for the first seven tracks alone, and each time I play it in future it will be for these.
The rest will get only an occasional hearing. Follow us on Twitter. The Kid from New Orleans 1. Snag It 2. Somebody Stole My Gal 3.
Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet 4. Swanee River 6. Ole Miss 7. Jack Teagarden Introduction 9. Muskrat Ramble High Society Kid Ory in Europe Memphis Blues Washington and Lee Swing Basin Street Blues Tiger Rag Dippermouth Blues Bert Thompson. CD Reviews.
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