Composed of musicians whose life stories cover the whole range of the jazz legend, Paul Barbarin & His Jazz Band and Punch Miller's Bunch were two true artists of New Orleans' Bourbon Street. They're joined on this Jazz at Preservation Hall album by saxophonist George Lewis and by an outing from UK trombonist and Dixieland band leader Chris Barber.
2 LPs on 1 CD: Paul Barbarin & His Jazz Band/Punch Miller's Bunch/JAZZ AT PRESERVATION HALL 3 (1963)/Chris Barber/HERE IS CHRIS BARBER (1958).
JAZZ AT PRESERVATION HALL 3:
Paul Barbarin & His Jazz Band: Paul Barbarin (drums); Ernie Cagnolatti (trumpet); Waldren "Frog" Joseph (trombone); Louis Cottrell (clarinet);
Emanuel Sayles (banjo); Lester Santiago (piano); Placide Adams (bass).
Punch Miller's Bunch: Ernest "Punch" Miller (trumpet); Louis Nelson (trombone); George Lewis (clarinet); Emanuel Sayles (banjo); Papa John Jospeh (bass); Abbey "Chinee" Foster (drums).
Originally released on Atlantic (1410).
HERE IS CHRIS BARBER:
Personnel includes: Chris Barber (trombone); Pat Halcox (trumpet); Monty Sunshine (clarinet); Lonnie Donegan (banjo); Jim Bray (bass); Ron Bowden (drums).
Originally released on Atlantic (1292).
Personnel: Paul Barbarin (drums); Ottilie Patterson (vocals); Eddie Smith (banjo, clarinet); Emanuel Sayles, Lonnie Donegan (banjo); Patrick Halcox (trumpet, cornet); Ernie Cagnolatti (trumpet); Chris Barber , Louis Nelson (trombone); Lester Santiago (piano); Ron Bowden, Graham Burbridge (drums).
Both of these sessions are from the Atlantic vaults and have been paired up and reissued on CD by Collectables. Along with their respective bands, both Paul Barbarin and Chris Barber provide authentic New Orleans jazz performed at Preservation Hall in 1963. While these musicians were getting on in age, that didn't stop them from vigorous playing. This is authentic Crescent City jazz, played by some of the original practitioners, and it shows, especially in the traditional tunes "Slide Frog Slide," "Nobody Knows the Way I Feel This Morning," and "Preservation Blues." On the other hand, trombonist Chris Barber and his band from England attempt Dixieland, and compared to the previously mentioned music, his session is less gritty, bordering at times on corny with tunes like "Bill Bailey," "Diga Diga Doo," and "Everybody Loves My Baby." ~ Al Campbell