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This 1996 Storyville CD has eight previously unreleased numbers plus five that originally comprised part of the LP A Portrait of Louis Nelson. Kid Thomas Valentine's trumpet playing was always an acquired taste, even without his being 77 at the time; his technique was erratic, and he tended to play short, highly expressive notes in a wavering pitch. Trombonist Louis Nelson (71 on this set) was not on the same level as Jim Robinson, but occasionally came through well. They were matched in Denmark with energetic tenor saxophonist Soren Sorensen, whose use of early R&B-ish ideas sometimes recalls altoist Capt. John Handy. The rhythm section (Jon Marks or Erik Hansen on piano, bassist Derek Cook, drummer Keith Minter and sometimes banjoist Niels Hansen) is quite excellent and really pushes the frontline. The overall results, which include "Ciribiribin," "Moonlight and Roses," "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" and "Over the Waves," should please New Orleans revival collectors, but the playing of Valentine and Nelson is clearly not for all ears.


Born: 03 February 1896 in Reserve, LA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

One of the more controversial of the New Orleans revivalist players of the 1960s, Kid Thomas Valentine was hailed by some partisans as one of the great interpreters of "the real jazz" while others could not get beyond his erratic intonation and his occasionally out-of-tune solos. The feeling was there but the technique tended to be uncertain. However, allowances could be made for his advanced age, since Kid Thomas was still playing when he was 91! Valentine (who was often simply known as Kid Thomas)...
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  • 9,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 20 October 1996

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