Personnel: Teddy Buckner, Pud Brown, Lloyd Glenn, Julian Davidson, Ed Garland, Minor Hall, Bob McCracken, Don Ewell, Morty Corb, Alvin Alcorn, George Probert, Barney Kessel, Phil Gomez, Cedric Haywood, Wellman Braud.
Recorded from 1953-1956.
Personnel: Kid Ory (trombone); Julian Davidson, Barney Kessel (guitar); George Probert, Phil Gomez , Pud Brown, Bob McCracken (clarinet); Alvin Alcorn (trumpet); Teddy Buckner (cornet); Don Ewell, Cedric Haywood, Lloyd Glenn (piano); Minor Hall (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Kirk Felton.
Liner Note Author: Lester Koenig.
Recording information: 07/17/1953-06/18/1956.
Photographer: Ray Avery.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Julian Davidson; Don Ewell; Ed Garland; Minor Hall; George Probert; Cedric Haywood; Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band; Phil Gomez ; Lloyd Glenn; Alvin Alcorn; Morty Corb; Pud Brown; Barney Kessel; Wellman Braud; Bob McCracken.
New Orleans trombone man Kid Ory had already made a sizeable contribution to musical history before he dropped out of the game in the 1930s. Although he basically wrote the rulebook on the use of trombone in a jazz context, he might have slipped off the radar of history if he hadn't made a stunning comeback in the '40s. Thankfully, Ory recorded prolifically throughout the '40s and '50s, and these mid-'50s sessions find him in excellent form. The fare is sprightly old-school New Orleans jazz, sprinkled with ragtime and Dixieland flavors, with Ory's tailgate trombone leading the way.
Interestingly, the personnel here comes from all over the map, and includes Ory contemporaries (drummer Minor Hall), as well as modern bop players (guitarist Barney Kessel). Traditional standbys "Bill Bailey" and "St. James Infirmary" show that Ory hasn't abandoned his classic songbook, while originals such as "Creole Song" and "The Girls Go Crazy" (featuring a vocal from Ory) fit into the set list perfectly. This is fun, high-spirited music that captures the essence of jazz as it was conceived in the beginning.