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3. The Sidney Bechet Story [Proper]
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7. Jazz at Preservation Hall: George
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8. Ken Burns JAZZ Collection: Sidney
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20. The Fabulous Sidney Bechet

1. Marching Down Bourbon Street
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5-0 out of 5 stars Classic New Orleans
Anyone who has visited Preservation Hall in New Orleans will truly appreciate this CD as it captures the feeling of that great joyful and music-filled room. To those who have not been blessed with that experience, this CD will certainly whet your appetite for Dixieland. I have been a fan of New Orleans Jazz for over 50 years and never tire of listening to the old standards featured here. St. James Infirmary is one of my all-time favorites and is particulary good here. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is one of the most important groups preserving and promoting this kind of music. This is also a super value and offers a good way to sample this music. ... Read more


2. Shake That Thing
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5-0 out of 5 stars Ok, I made a Big Mistake (but I'm making up for it now.
Ok, I admit it.
I always thought Preservation Hall was going to be stodgy or something I wasn't really interested in, something that didn't move me.
Big Mistake.
I've been to New Orleans several times for Jazzfest and never even bothered to go to Preservation Hall
Big Mistake.
That won't happen again.
I've been playing this thing obsessively, and every time someone else has gotten in the car, they go
'I didn't think you listened to this kind of thing'
and then
"I gotta get it."

Because it's almost irresistable. I feel like my mood improves even just thinking about putting it on.
It's jazz but it's joy, it's brass band but it's old man music, and it's old man music but it makes me feel like a little kid.
You can't beat that.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fire Music
If you want to hear where the best traditional jazz is at these days, get this one. It's heartfelt, inspiring, and filled with the fire of New Orleans' spirit. A jazz phoenix has shaken off it's dust and has arisen in the shape of this album. ... Read more


3. The Sidney Bechet Story [Proper]
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Four CD box-set for one of the greatest improvisers in the history of jazz, an ifluence to many musicians from Johnny Hodges to John Coltrane. 93 tracks spanning over 27 years, the first being recorded in 1923. The booklet tells the story of this remarkable musician and includes rare photos and a discography. Four standard jewel cases housed in a box. 2001 release. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Missing Alot of Classics
Where is the incomprable All Of Me and others...Hardly a complete box set.

5-0 out of 5 stars True jazz classics
I'm kind of surprised that no one else has reviewed this great collection so far. Sidney Bechet was one of the great figures in the history of jazz, and many of the songs included in this compilation are genuine classics. The sound quality is also excellent considering the dates that they were recorded. When Bechet performs old standards (Summertime, Limehouse Blues, St. Louis Blues, etc.), his versions are often among the best ever recorded. Duke Ellington himself said that Bechet's version of "The Mooche" was the best he'd heard, including the one by his own band (which was a classic in its own right). I'm sure that anyone who enjoys early jazz would love this great 4-CD set. ... Read more


4. Jazz Funeral in New Orleans
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Real Thing
This CD shows George Lewis and company at their best -- which is authentic New Orleans Jazz at its best!

The performances have a wide emotional range and an honesty that exceeds the players' virtuosity. Nobody could play this music like these guys!

Listening to this CD is the next best thing to being there in person.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sweet
This awsome blend of New Orleans music with you favorite jazz makes this a must for any jazz fan

5-0 out of 5 stars Vintage New Orleans
I have the original series of 10 inch George Lewis albums and have been afraid that if they were lost or destroyed this incredible music might be lost. The new CD is a marvelous achievment in both preservation of important classics and significant improvement in quality. George Lewis was undoubtedly one of the best clarinetist of all time. Anyone, be they Dixieland fan or not, need only hear him one time to be thoroughly hooked. His art in providing the soulful background in Burgundy Street provides an experience both mesmerizing and memorable. I highly recommend this CD and am confident that it will encourage you to learn and hear more about Dixieland and George Lewis. ... Read more


5. The Barbecue Swingers Live
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5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome....forshiggitty
Mere words cannot describe this cd...listen and be captivated!

4-0 out of 5 stars Kermit Smokes!!
I've had the pleasure of seeing Kermit & the BBQ Swingers live more than once, & I think that this CD really does a good job of capturing their sound. Also, as a frequent visitor to NOLA, this disc evokes the whole feeling of the city every time I put it on. Do yourself a favor, and pick up a copy of this CD. Better yet, take a trip to New Orleans and check Kermit out live @ Vaughn's!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The next best thing...
If you can't be in New Orleans to hear him live, this is the next best thing. Capturing the heart and soul of the New Orleans music scene are songs "Smokin' With Some Barbecue" and "Do Watch Wanna (The Final Chapter).

5-0 out of 5 stars Next Best to Live
Next to a Thursday night performance at Vaughn's and eating red beans and rice in between Kermit's sets, this is the next best thing. The album really captures the flavor of a live show, and the subtlety of this group -- as a prior reviewer said, from the traditional, St. James Infirmary to the more funky, the sound of this band is pure NO. Great listening any time of day, any mood. Only down side is the New Orleans song, which I thought fell a little flat, but still 5 starts

5-0 out of 5 stars What God intended music to be.
Kermit rocks ... Read more


6. Payton's Place
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While trumpeter Nicholas Payton's initial recordings in the mid-'90s garnered him the reputation of a Wynton Marsalis imitator, the talented young jazzbo has matured quickly and is obviously his own man. With a graceful quintet featuring Tim Warfield on tenor sax and Anthony Wonsey on piano, Payton cruises through an entertaining batch of original compositions sprinkled with songs by Rodgers and Hart, Wayne Shorter, and soul-pop tunesmiths, Thom Bell and Linda Creed. On the song "The Three Trumpeters," Payton is joined by hornmen Roy Hargrove and Wynton Marsalis for a burning, round-robin of brass antics. Saxophonist Joshua Redman also joins the fray on "A Touch of Silver," rounding out this summit of young jazz lions. Ever the traditionalist, Payton is growing by leaps and bounds. --Mitch Myers ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Worth buying.
If there really is any young talent in bebop today, a lot of it might appear on this album. All the stars are listed above, but not mentioned is young, talented pianist Anthony Wonsey, who is always nice to hear. Whilst not a superb album, I get the feeling it'll be interesting to listen to it 20 or so years down the track. What will happen to Payton and Wonsey? What mark will Roy Hargrove finally leave? What will happen to bebop? An interesting album, but you kinda hope that Payton and Wonsey will take their playing a step (or two) further. Don't get me wrong, I'm no Ira Gitler - I'm not a knowledgable or experienced critic - but this album gave me grounds for some optimism, as well as making for some beautiful listening.

5-0 out of 5 stars This album really cooks!
Nicholas Payton blows out all the stops. Masterful control on the horn. He has Great power and great finesse. With a really tight band. Superb drums & piano. This is my album pick of the year!

5-0 out of 5 stars Payton is the man
Nick has shown his skills, he is a master of arranging and composing, as well as improvising. His technique and ability on the horn is amazing. He is such a great player and this album is fantastik.

5-0 out of 5 stars Like a comet
Having just been privileged to see and hear Nicholas Payton live (with the Ray Brown trio), I can tell you that he is the new jazz trumpet star. It is all here-- the fat, powerful, buttery, singing tones of Clifford Brown, Fats Navarro, Lee Morgan, the fire of Freddie Hubbard and Dizzy Gillespie---and (amazingly) he is still evolving. "Payton's Place" not only gives you a taste of Payton's range(bop, hard bop, blues, ballads, etc), and his outstanding articulation and invention, it features "Three Trumpeteers", Payton's summit meeting with Roy Hargrove and Wynton Marsalis. (A pity Terence Blanchard was not part of it!)

5-0 out of 5 stars Sizzling!
This album is hot. Sizzling! This is Payton's 3rd album as leader of his band...pianist Anthony Wonsey, drummer Adonis Rose, bassist Reuben Rogers, and sax player Tim Warfield. On "The Three Trumpeteers" Nicholas is joined by Wynton Marsalis and Roy Hargrove for a swinging time. And Joshua Redman joins in on "A Touch of Silver" Nine of the eleven tracks were written by Payton, showing he can write just as well as he can play. He says in the liner notes that he wanted to take some chances on this record, give it a loose feel, like on some of Mile's records, and to show that jazz can be a lot of fun. Well I think he has succeeded very nicely on this album. ... Read more


7. Jazz at Preservation Hall: George Lewis Band of New Orleans/Pure Blues
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the National Treasures of American Music
Back in the 60s, I took off from high school Up North one winter to hitch-hike to New Orleans (beginning in the middle of a snow storm -- crazy kid) to see the Mardi Gras. At that point in my musical development I was a bass player in a garage band modeled after the electric blues heard on the first Paul Butterfield-Mike Bloomfield record, plus whatever other authentic Chicago Blues we could lay our hands on. With the fanaticism of youth, no other music existed for me. Little Walter was the king of harmonica players, Otis Rush was the ultimate guitar player, Freddy Bellow was the drummer of the generation.

New Orleans changed all that forever. A few nights later, enjoying the balmy weather of the Deep South, I walked by a somehat decrepit looking bar in the French Quarter and walked into the delerious decibels of some of the hottest Dixieland Jazz I had ever heard. Upon closer inspection, the source of this ferocious instrumental ecstacy was the George Lewis Band, a half dozen Old Masters of Dixieland now in their 70s or 80s, playing their hearts and guts out. I never had heard such intensity before except from those Chicago cats. This was a musical revolution to me. Plus the New Orleans jazzers were able to express a wider and subtler range of feelings. Thus my youthful ears were opened forever to all great music, without ideological prejudice -- from Charlie Patton to Ravi Shankar to Andy Statman.

But the credit for this education goes to George Lewis and company.

I don't know if any record can do justice to the live experience of the original giants of jazz creating this stuff. But the George Lewis tracks on this record come pretty close! For this alone this CD is well worth buying.

(BTW Jimmy Yancey is pretty amazing, too.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Two for one
You really get two CDs on one here; the first half bringing George Lewis and his clarinet at his very best, whereas the second half is devoted to the piano blues of Jimmy Yancey. I bought the record because of George Lewis, and the rating is meant for that part. The second half would only deserve about 3 stars in my opinion, particularly because I don't like the voice of Mamma Yancey, Jimmi's wife. But she only sings on the last five of the twelve gigs that make up the second part.
So, what makes this edition really stand out is the first half. It seems that the recording of this part is actually centered around George Lewis with his clarinet. And that is exactly why I like it so much. None of the other recordings of George Lewis that I know of put his clarinet that much in the center. It really gives me shivers to hear its sound emerging high above the rest of the band, sometimes joyfully, sometimes rather mournfully, but always played exquisitely by George Lewis. Get this record while it is still available! ... Read more


8. Ken Burns JAZZ Collection: Sidney Bechet
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Sidney Bechet was one of the great pioneers of jazz, a New Orleans clarinetist of unmatched improvisational creativity who developed a highly personal voice on the difficult soprano saxophone. He could soar above an ensemble or develop lead lines with a power that rivaled trumpeters. Although he was the first great jazz soloist to record--on 1923's "Wild Cat Blues" with Clarence Williams's Blue Five--until the late 1930s, Bechet's recordings cast him invariably as a sideman. He wouldn't achieve the kind of fame that was his due until he settled in France in the 1950s. This is an excellent introduction to his work, ranging from that first extant recording to 1947. Along the way, there are early meetings with Louis Armstrong and recordings like "Shag," a spirited performance in the New Orleans ensemble style with trumpeter Tommy Ladnier and the New Orleans Foot Warmers. Some of Bechet's best work of the '30s appeared under the name of singer Noble Sissle, even when Sissle wasn't present, as on "Viper Mad," but it's Bechet's distinctive work that gives these period pieces their enduring significance. While he spent much of his career cast in the New Orleans style, Bechet was an innovator, using electric guitar in the band for his own 1938 classics "Chant in the Night" and "Jungle Blues." He finally had something like a hit when he recorded Gershwin's "Summertime" in 1939, the rich wail of his soprano both plaintive and commanding. The same distinctive way with a popular song is evident on "Love for Sale" with just a rhythm section, while there are other 1940s recordings with a host of distinguished collaborators, such as trumpeter Muggsy Spanier and trombonist Vic Dickenson. --Stuart Broomer ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Soprano - EVER!
One is grateful to Ken Burns calling attention to Jazz with his series and, there it ends! Sidney Bechet is without a doubt the greatest soprano player ever. His power was absolutely amazing. Pity the trumpet players who had to play with him, he could, and did, drown them out. I saw and heard him in person in the late 50s and I have never forgotten that evening! If it wasn't for Sidney, we wouldn't have Hodges, Wilber and many others. I have an awful lot of Bechet on recordings and I never tire of him!

5-0 out of 5 stars How a soprano sax should sound
This was another great jazz artist that I didn't know much about prior to this Ken Burn's release. I never thought that I could love the sound of the soprano sax this much. Up until this album, whenever I thought of soprano sax, Kenny G and his mind numbing music would come to mind, and I would cringe. But, this album opened up a whole new world of music to me .. now THIS is how a soprano sax should sound. It is beautiful. Sidney Bechet is (or was) a true genius, the way he made the horn almost operatic in sound, with the wonderful throbbing vibratos. No wonder he was sometimes billed as "The Talking Saxophone". There is such depth and emotion in his playing. I highly recommend this album to all jazz fans. The booklet includes photos and an interesting essay.

5-0 out of 5 stars A poor man's Armstrong? I think not.
While it is great that Ken Burns has brought Bechet to the attention of millions of Americans, it is unfortunate that he has done so while casting him in the shadow of Armstrong. Not to take anything away from Louis, who was the ultimate showman, but in terms of musical influence, Bechet was much more important than Armstrong. Just listen to the Sommertime cut on this CD. Put his solo on top of a modern jazz section, and you would have a recording that modern jazz players would still stand up and take notice of. The same can't be said of any of Armstrong's solos, which would sounded dated, by modern standards.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ken Burns Issue Of A Founding Father
How much can Ken Burns influence the record buying public? Prior to the release of the Ken Burns Jazz onslaught, I had not heard of Sidney Bechet or his music. After listening to this, I am glad that Burns has exposed us to Bechet. This gives us a glimpse of one of the founding fathers of jazz. While not as powerful as the recordings of Armstrong or Ellington, it is definitely worth a listen. There is a great deal of excitement on this disc as you can hear history unfold. Three cuts have Louis Armstrong on them while they were both members of Clarence Williams' Blue Five.

4-0 out of 5 stars Vibrato on a soprano saxophone
Sidney Bechet was one of the first real fathers of jazz. Burns puts together a great combination of early recordings. Jazz historions note Bechet as one of the only horn players that could keep up with Louis Armstrong. You have to include Bechet in your Jazz collection, and this one is as good as any. ... Read more


9. Best of the Early Years
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10. Hustlin' & Bustlin'
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11. Legendary Sidney Bechet [Bluebird]
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Most of this material was previously available in the package Sidney Bechet: Master Musician. Recorded between 1932 and 1941, these sessions capture one of the true men of genius in jazz history, at the top of his game in several awesome group contexts. The hot licks of "I Found a New Baby," "Shag," and "Maple Leaf Rag" are traded by Bechet and trumpeter Tommy Ladnier, co-leaders of the New Orleans Feetwarmers. On "Weary Blues" they are joined by reedman Mezz Mezzrow. On "The Sheik of Araby," from 1941, Bechet is a one-man band, overdubbing all the parts--clarinet, soprano and tenor sax, piano, bass, and drums. --John Swenson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Not only is Sidney the best, but this album is the best. One of the most prescious jazz albums in the 20th century! ... Read more


12. The Best of Sidney Bechet
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4-0 out of 5 stars I'm looking for "Les Ognoins" by Sidney Bechet
My father-in-law is trying to get hold of a Sidney Bechet track called Les Ognoins. Does anyone know on which album it can be found or is the album called Les Ognoins. Help please!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Bechet
I love this Sidney Bechet cd. I bought it knowing nothing else by him except "Blue Horizon", but I was delighted with all of it. I love the way "Porto Rico" starts out dark and exotic and ends up light. Full of strong melodies, exquisitely played . . . If you like early New Orleans jazz in all it's smokey and warm magnificence, you won't be disappointed in this cd.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is an excellent batch of Bechet performances. "Summertime", "Muskrat Ramble" and "When the Saints Go Marching In" are the best tracks in an overall excellent disk.

4-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I love Sidney. He knew his instrument and did more with it than many "legends". Nothing on here is bad...how could it be? But somehow, it does not seem to do justice to him. A little too familiar, a little too predictable, a little too careful. Solid stuff, well-recorded, but this collection just doesn't knock your socks off. ... Read more


13. Gumbo Nouveau
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Sound
Payton gives a fresh interpretation of some traditional numbers. His Saints is an all time favorite of mine. I bought this album after hearing Payton's Place and believe it to be every bit as good. He is up there with Roy Hardgrove, Terence Blanchard and the Master Wynton on the list of great modern trumpeters.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Big Sound From Way Down Yonder
I'd never heard Nicholas Payton play before this album came out. Listen to Whoopin' Blues and you will be hooked. He has a wonderfully Fat Sound, played with verve and energy, that is such a welcome alternative to Wynton's lyrically pure but increasingly dry style. The "Saints" is mercifully non-corny, in fact Payton has resisted the temptation to turn this into a trad-jazz museum. Sure, the songs are old standards mainly, but they sound great. The trumpet blows hard, sax and keyboards are well in sync. Last year, I saw Payton play at the Vanguard, most of it from this album -- stunning, stunning, stunning. ... Read more


14. You Brought a New Kind of Love
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15. 1533 St. Philip Street
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4-0 out of 5 stars All Aboard!
Another solid offering from Kermit and an all-star New Orleans krewe.

Saw this guy twice in New Orleans the week of New Years (House of Blues/Rock 'n Bowl)...a true entertainer. ... Read more


16. Dear Louis
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Trumpeter Nicholas Payton's heartfelt tribute to the great Louis Armstrong, Dear Louis, might instead be better titled Dear New Orleans. That's because, despite the renditions of various Armstrong-related tunes that make up the disc's 13 tracks, this is more of an extended love letter to the cascade of musical styles that make up the city of Armstrong's (and Payton's) birth. Aside from swinging renditions of tunes such as Armstrong's "Potato Head Blues" and the bluesy "Tiger Rag" that one might expect from an Armstrong tribute, there's also a generous helping of rollicking Dr. John-style New Orleans shuffle, and Mac "Dr. John" Rebbenack himself makes that link plain by lending his signature vocal style to spirited versions of "Mack the Knife" and "Blues in the Night," where he's joined by Dianne Reeves. Any Louis Armstrong tribute, of course, has to feature some fireworks in the trumpet department, and Payton delivers some searing solos on "Tiger Rag," "Tight Like This," and elsewhere that do justice to King Louis while still charting their own path. For all the hoopla over Armstrong after Ken Burns's Jazz, Payton's Dear Louis is far from an attempt to cash in on rote renditions of Armstrong classics. It is instead an impressive outing that honors Satchmo's diversity and innovation by showcasing some of Payton's own.--Ezra Gale ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Sorry Louis
I think Nicholas Payton is extraordinarily talented, well on his way to becoming one of the best jazz musicians of his generation. However, I think this CD relfects, perhaps, the incredibly fast pace of his stardom rather than a tribute to Louis. Some of the tunes (e.g., Helly Dolly)are almost unrecognizable. Personally, I think only the last tune (West End Blues) really makes you think of Louis. And who told Nicholas that he could sing? He's an outstanding trumpeter but a less than medicore vocalist. I'm not really disillusioned-- I will continue to buy his CD's and follow his career. I'm sure this is just a little bump in the road.

5-0 out of 5 stars I can see Louis Armstrong smiling!
Louis Armstrong is one of our greatest jazz Patriarchs whose impact has had such a tremendous effect on jazz music today. How do you pay just tribute to the king? Louis would be proud of Nicholas Payton's stellar effort. What makes this recording special is the fact that the essence of Armstrong is maintained but it is executed with Payton's unique vision. In this setting we find Payton in new territory to most listeners. We know that he's one of todays most accomplished trumpeters. His last few recordings with his working band have been fantastic. Now we get to hear Nick in the context of a big band. He also showcases his vocal skills on a few cuts. He can sing? Yes he can. He's no Satchmo, but he brings an authenticity to the cuts that he's chosen. The other vocalists Dr. John and Dianne Reeves are superb. Everything works together with Payton's arrangements. All the musicians are excellent. The big band setting is outstanding. Horn arrangements, percussion, come together to show the many sides of the great Armstrong. And it's all done in the fresh voice of Nicholas Payton; a modern jazz trumpeter. I didn't know Hello Dolly could be so smooth and funky.

Check it out for yourself.

markT.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dear Louis - Nicholas Payton
This is one of the finest albums released yet by the incredible Nicholas Payton. Born and raised in New Orleans, this album features the infinitely talented trumpeter in his element, with a band full of tonal variety, dynamic quality, and a damn good lead trumpet player, playing re-interpretations of Louis Armstrong classics. If u like the trumpet, Louis Armstrong, or just the general concept of a swingin' Big Band, then this is for you. Nicholas Payton boasts a fine set of weapons: impressive range, a really fat sound, a solid concept of rhythm, and the flexibility to change his sound depending on the style of the music. Highly influenced by Clifford Brown and Louis Armstrong, Payton utilises everything he's got to really set the listeners ears on fire. Growl on!

5-0 out of 5 stars Grammy-nominated trumpeter, with mad skills
It should come as no suprise that Nicholas Payton's most recent CD, "Dear Louis," has garnered him yet another well-deserved Grammy nomination. The title track, "Dear Louis," plus "Tight Like This" and the Cuban classic, "Peanut Vendor," are by far three of the best tracks on this amazing CD. Not only does Payton demonstrate a flair for composing his own works, but he also does a masterful job of arranging a number of Louis Armstrong favorites. If Louis Armstrong were alive today, I'm convinced he, too, would hold this CD is the highest regard. So, make "Dear Louis" an essential addition to your jazz CD collection--it's a winner.

4-0 out of 5 stars Give it a Second Listen!
When I first heard this cd, I thought, this has nothing to do with Louis Armstrong! Of course, some of Mr. Armstrong's signature pieces are covered on this cd. A second, and third, listen, however, had me appreciating Mr. Payton's beautiful playing. He has really developed his own style, and yet, one can hear the sounds and feel of New Orleans jazz coming through on each piece. A beautiful and loving tribute to Satchmo, but in Payton's own voice. A worthy cd to own for serious jazz lovers. ... Read more


17. Wild Cool and Swingin'
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3-0 out of 5 stars Like Butera but so-so on this particular compilation...
Oh come on, Sammy had more swinging tracks that this ! ! !

I like Sammy Butera a lot... I mean, it was his unit that made PRIMA swing and jump, and I really like a lot of the Novelty tracks he did with Prima and the way he could sing R & B, blow and really get the sound (in an era when white musicians sounded white, and black musicians sounded black, and that was it.) PRIMA and BUTERA were the WILDEST.

The thing is, this particular compilation didn't do a lot for me, even though there are a few good tracks (actually a GREAT one...All Night Long - - great vocals, some wailing tenor ! ! !) however I just can't feel that momentum throughough the compilation. I think if you're in the mood for that type of sound, you'd do much better off getting the stuff he did with Prima (actually Prima was standing over his shoulders on All Night Long), or an Earl Bostic compilation (the influence is aparent) or even a compilation of classic New Orleans R & B, or some classic Ray Charles.

I'm not sure... but the arrangements just seem to lack the WILD feel he had on stuff like "There Will Be No Next Time" beyond maybe "Dig That Crazy Sound" - - some great blowing, but rarely is his ferver met with is sidemen... this music might work at at a Big Band Dance at Lodge, but on my own CD player, it didn't get me jumping.

THUMBS up to Butera, but unless you have all his other stuff, I wouldn't grab this as a first choice.

4-0 out of 5 stars Mamma Mia!
Look no further than Sam Butera to hear how Louis Prima put the cool in songs like "Jump Jive An'Wail" and "Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody". Butera's solo stuff is just as much fun thanks to great, wild saxophones, thumping drums and fun-time lyrics. This set covers that side of him and the slow, romantic, candle-light & wine ballads as well. If you've got Louis Prima's Capitol Collectors Series set, then you'll know how important Butera was. It's great to see this anthology: it serves up great music that's been absent from store shelves for decades! Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars SAM IS THE MAIN MAN !
IF YOU WANT TO SWING, AND PITCH A BALL ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GROVE ON SAM BECAUSE HE'S THE MAN! ... Read more


18. Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton
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Despite their immense age difference, Cheatham and Payton find commonground in their shared affection for Louis Armstrong. Cheatham used to sub forArmstrong in Chicago in 1926, while Payton grew up in Armstrong's hometown of NewOrleans and resembles the jazz giant physically as well as musically. Many of the TinPan Alley standards on this project are associated with Satchmo, and the two trumpetersfocus on his buttery tone and precision phrasing rather than his pyrotechnics. Like his oldfriend, Cheatham is a singer as well as a trumpeter, and his graceful, romantic vocals onnumbers such as "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues" and "Save It Pretty Mama" show theway for the trumpet solos, which closely resemble the human voice. It bodes well forPayton's future that he adapts so instinctively to the past. --Geoffrey Himes ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Doc Cheatham's last treasure
When this album was recorded,Doc Cheatham was 91 years old, and Nicholas Payton was 23.Every Doc Cheatham recording is a marvel,but there is a special treasury in this one : the fact that two trumpet players,of very different times, play so well together.Of course,Doc's playing is absolutely amazing for a man of his age, but time had no power on him,and the older he was, the better he played.Listen to Doc's outstanding playing at the beginning of "jeepers creepers", for example;or listen to any of the tunes,Doc's joy of beeing alive and playing is here,everywhere,on every tune.Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham is one of the greatest jazz trumpet players, and for me, the second one after Louis.Everything he plays is a treasure.I had the opportunity and the chance to be here when he recorded his "Dear Doc" album on Orange Blue label;and I'll always remember this sweet gentleman.Doc was a marvelous human beeing,a great man,and I hope he will be recognized as one of jazz'sd most talented trumpet players.Doc's playing is just like Billie Holiday's singing: it takes you like an octopus, and that's for life.

5-0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get much better than this...
First of all, this is not a live album. It was recorded at Ultrasonic Studios in New Orleans, on September 9-11, 1996, and has a polish that only a studio recording can deliver.

I first heard cuts from this album while driving on a back road in Virginia, listening to Hot Jazz Saturday Night, shortly after Doc Cheatham died. I was astonished at how good the tracks are. In my humble opinion, this is Doc Cheatham's best album. It may very well be Nicholas Payton's, too. What is even more astounding is that Doc Cheatham was 91 years old when he recorded this CD, yet there is a sweetness to his tone and a precision to his playing that few players of any age can ever hope to match.

5-0 out of 5 stars It don't get no better than this!
Best of the old, best of the new! A great combination of a veteran (and astonishing) old-line trumpter combined with the power and strength of one of the great modern trumpters. Tender, whimsical, thoroughly enjoyable. ... Read more


19. Live at the New School
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5-0 out of 5 stars A hot jazz instrumental recording
This is a very sharp recording of some great jazz standards by Ruby Braff and George Barnes. They are both not as well known (and underrated) to many jazz fans, but their style is distinct, crisp, and very fun. Its like sitting in a jam session with some great musicians. These guys know their music and instruments well, and it comes through on this CD. If you really enjoy jazz guitar (a la Barney Kessel) this is the album for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars George knew how to swing
a total pleasure. masterful guitar work from a much underappreciated musician's musician. if you listen close enough you will enjoy this more and more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Two great musicians at the top of their form.
This is the best album by far that the Braff / Barnes quartet ever made,which is not to say that their other records are bad, they weren't, but this one is an absolute treasure, made better by including all the music recorded that night,unlike the original LP. Ruby Braff must be the best cornet player in jazz,and George Barnes amongst the best swing guitarists of his time. They play so wonderfully together that it is difficult to single out any tracks as being the best,but my favourite numbers are "There will never be another you","Solitude", "Rockin' in rhythm" ,"Struttin' with some barbecue", and "It don't mean a thing". But really the whole record is great, with the highest standards of musicianship from both the principals and Michael Moore and Wayne Wright on bass and rhythm guitar.Interestingly, the lack of a drummer doesn't stop the group swinging like crazy! The recording is excellent too,it does a great job in capturing the beautiful tone that both Ruby and George coax from their instruments. This is the most enjoyable jazz album I bought during 2000, and in my opinion the Braff/Barnes quartet was one of the outstanding groups of the seventies. In conclusion, buy it! Anyone with an appreciation for good music making cannot fail to be inspired and uplifted by this tasteful, humourous and sublime recording. ... Read more


20. The Fabulous Sidney Bechet
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Sidney Bechet settled permanently in France in 1949, making only occasional trips back to the United States to record and tour. This CD pairs two Blue Note sessions led by the pioneer soprano saxophonist during those visits, including his last American studio recordings. Though both bands feature Bechet in the classic frontline of New Orleans and Chicago jazz with trumpet and trombone, each group gets a distinct character from one of the great bassists of early jazz. The first nine tracks, from 1951, present Bechet in the midst of dedicated New Orleans traditionalists. Trumpeter Sidney de Paris provides sterling leads and Pops Foster's slap bass is literally popping, creating a mood that's both stately and joyous.

Trombonist Jimmy Archey, a veteran of the Kid Ory band, is the one holdover on eight tracks from a 1953 session, which is a relative update on the form. Trumpeter Jonah Jones adds fluid swing and pianist Buddy Weed some near-boppish harmonies, but it's Walter Page, creator of the "walking bass" style, who really drives the band with a different kind of force on tunes like "Sweet Georgia Brown." Whatever the setting, Bechet is a marvel, his broad sound at once sparkling and mellow. Whether he's exploring the deep blues of "Naughty Sweetie" and "Black and Blue," or playing with puckish wit and ebullient spirit on "Ballin' the Jack" and "Deep Dong Daddy," Bechet is one of the defining instrumental voices of jazz, delighting in musical surroundings that are at once congenial and inspiring. --Stuart Broomer ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars surprising - a broad spectrum of "dixieland" styles
Although this disk could be referred to as "dixieland" it strikes me as having a wide spectrum of different approaches that musical style. Although I like dixieland music, I generally get bored after 2 of 3 cuts because I find that the music played by any one group is often stylistically repetitious. I was really surprised by this disk because there were so many different approaches to the music. Each time a new cut would start I found myself paying close attention to what they were doing. It never became boring background music. ... Read more


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