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Louis Jordan & Chris Barber

Chris Barber & Louis Jordan

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Album Review

It seems strange that by 1962, altoist/singer Louis Jordan was thought of as a has-been, for he was actually still in his prime. However, Jordan had run out of new hits and seemed very much passé to some listeners. Most of this CD reissue features Jordan sounding quite exuberant and creative on a 1962 set with trombonist Chris Barber's flexible Dixieland band. The nine selections include four remakes (including "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie" and "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby"), a few newer songs, and bright renditions of "Sister Kate" and "Indiana"; Jordan, Barber, trumpeter Pat Halcox and clarinetist Ian Wheeler form a potent frontline. Also on the CD are five selections taken from unrelated Barber sessions, including three Duke Ellington songs. Recommended to fans of Dixieland, small-group swing and Louis Jordan.

Customer Reviews

good album

this is a good album for anyone who likes some good old jazz with a slow beat with trumpets. its a pretty good album. but some of the songs differ from time to time. my personal favorite is 50 cents . becouse of its simple lyrics and upbeat tune. it is a good album. buy it.

Great Jazz!

JAZZ-just the way I want to hear it-full blown - down low- and so sexy! Amazing virtuosos weaving magic.


Born: April 17, 1930 in Welwyn Garden City, England

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Barber/Ball/Bilk are a British traditional jazz trio comprised of trombonist Chris Barber, trumpeter Kenny Ball, and clarinetist Acker Bilk, whose individual recordings were compiled from time to time on joint best-of collections such as At the Jazz Band Ball (1994) and Boaters Bowlers & Bowties (2009). The recordings of Barber (born on April 17, 1930, in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England), Ball (born on May 22, 1930, in Ilford, Essex, England), and Bilk (born on January 28, 1929, in...
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