Trombone player Wilbur de Paris emerged from the Duke Ellington Big Band to establish his own unique niche in the world of jazz. There wasn't anything that de Paris couldn't play, and these two recordings together on one disc prove that. "Marchin' and Swingin'" is filled with De Paris marchin' and swingin' through some great tunes. "At Symphony Hall" captures de Paris in a wonderful live performance.
Originally released as 2 separate LPs: MARCHIN' AND SWINGIN' (1956)/AT SYMPHONY HALL (1957).
Includes liner notes by Marshall W. Stearns, John S. Wilson and Wilbur De Paris.
MARCHIN' AND SWINGIN':
Personnel: Wilbur De Paris (vocals, trombone); Sidney De Paris (vocals, cornet); Omer Simeon (vocals, clarinet); Don Kirkpatrick (vocals, piano); Eddie Gibbs (vocals, piano); Harold Jackson (vocals, bass); Freddie Moore (vocals, drums).
Producers: Herb Abramson, Ahmet Ertegun.
Engineer: Emory Cook.
Recorded in New York, New York in September 1952. Originally released on Atlantic (1233).
AT SYMPHONY HALL:
Personnel: Wilbur De Paris (trombone, valve trombone); Sidney De Paris (cornet); Omer Simeon (clarinet); Wilbert Kirk (harmonica, drums); Sonny White (piano); Lee Blair (banjo); Bennie Moten (bass).
Producer: Nesuhi Ertegun.
Engineer: Tom Dowd.
Recorded live at Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts on October 26, 1956. Originally released on Atlantic (1253).
Personnel: Wilbur De Paris (trombone); Sidney DeParis (vocals, cornet); Lee Blair, Eddie Gibbs (banjo); Wilbert Kirk (harmonica, drums); Omer Simeon (clarinet); Don Kirkpatrick, Sonny White (piano); Freddie Moore (drums).
Liner Note Authors: John Wilson ; Marshall Stearns; Wilbur De Paris.
Recording information: New York, NY (09/??/1952/10/26/1952); Symphony Hall, Boston, MA (09/??/1952/10/26/1952).
Arrangers: Omer Simeon; Wilbur De Paris.
In the 1950s, trombonist Wilbur DeParis & His New New Orleans Jazz Band played an intriguing mixture of Dixieland standards, obscurities, originals, and offbeat pieces in spirited fashion. With cornetist Sidney DeParis (Wilbur's brother) and former Jelly Roll Morton pianist Omer Simeon in the front line, this was one of the most exciting trad bands of the era. This two-CD set brings back a pair of DeParis' Atlantic albums (none of which have been reissued by Atlantic): Marchin' and Swingin' (the first recording by the group) and DeParis' At Symphony Hall concert of 1956. The former set is particularly rewarding, with memorable versions of "Martinique," "Under the Double Eagle," "Shreveport Stomp," "Hindustan," and a version of "The Saints" that (in its second half) is taken at a blistering tempo. The At Symphony Hall recording has five DeParis originals among the nine songs (including "Toll Gate Blues" and "Wrought Iron Rag") and also finds the band in prime form. ~ Scott Yanow