Nixa Jazz Today [Box Set]

Performers Chris Barber (1

May 22, 2007 | Compact Disc

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One of the leading lights of the U.K. trad-jazz scene in the early 1960s, trombonist Chris Barber's albums from the period are anthologized in the six-CD, 60-track box set THE NIXA JAZZ TODAY ALBUMS.
Although Chris Barber and his band had done some recording prior to moving to Pye Records, the period between 1955 and 1958 saw them record prolifically for the label both live and in the studio, as the popularity of both trad jazz and Barber specifically took off in the U.K. This six-CD box set contains everything Barber and his group did for Pye between 1955-1958, including no less than eight albums in their entirety. As a wrap-up package of an important part of Barber's career, it's definitive, with some newly penned historical liner notes by Spencer Leigh. For the record, four of these LPs -- Echoes of Harlem, Chris Barber in Concert, Chris Barber in Concert, Vol. 2, and Chris Barber in Concert, Vol. 3 -- are represented by one CD each (complete with original sleeve and liner notes) in this collection, while the four shorter 10" albums Barber cut for Pye are combined onto the final two discs. Like a good many box sets, it's way too much at once for many general fans, particularly as Barber's studied revivalism of early-20th century Dixieland-style New Orleans jazz didn't vary a whole lot during this period. It does, however, allow one to trace a slight evolution from the stiffer re-creations of the earliest studio recordings here through more swinging, energetic interpretations in the late '50s, particularly on the three live albums. "Petite Fleur," the Sidney Bechet tune that became Barber's only big British single (despite Barber himself not playing on the track), is here, though it didn't become a hit until more than two years after it was recorded as part of the Chris Barber Plays, Vol. 3 album. Lonnie Donegan, incidentally, only appears on the earlier of these sides (his last session with Barber was in March 1956), and then only on banjo, not on vocals. Also, Barber's future wife Ottilie Patterson only takes occasional vocal spots; most of the material's instrumental, though Barber himself takes a vocal now and then. ~ Richie Unterberger

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Released Date: May 22, 2007

Genre: Dixieland

Style: Jazz Instrument

UPC: 5050159198191

Found in: Dixieland

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Nixa Jazz Today [Box Set]

Performers Chris Barber (1
Unknown Trombone)/Chris Barber & His Jazz Band

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: May 22, 2007

Genre: Dixieland

Style: Jazz Instrument

UPC: 5050159198191


Title Track Time
1.Doin' the Crazy Walk --
2.Baby --
3.Magnolia's Wedding Day --
4.Dixie Cinderella --
5.New St.Louis Blues --
6.Here Comes My Blackbird --
7.Can't We Get Together --
8.I Can't Give You Anything But Love --
9.Sweet Savannah Sue --
10.Porgy --
11.Diga Diga Doo --
12.Bourbon Street Parade --
13.New Blues --
14.Willy the Weeper --
15.Mean Mistreater --
16.Yama Yama Man --
17.Old Man Rose --
18.Mood Indigo --
19.Bearcat Crawl --
20.Lowland Blues --
21.Panama Rag --
22.Finale (Bourbon Street Parade) --
23.When the Saints Go Marching In --
24.Bourbon Street Parade --
25.Savoy Blues --
26.Lonesome Road --
27.Sheik of Araby --
28.Bill Bailey --
29.You Took Advantage of Me --
30.Sweet Sue Moonshine Man --
31.You Rascal You --
32.Bugle Boy March --
33.Pretty Baby --
34.Majorca --
35.Georgia Grind --
36.Rockin' in Rhythm --
37.My Old Kentucky Home --
38.Careless Love --
39.Strange Things Happen Everyday --
40.Mama Don't Allow It --
41.You Don't Understand --
42.Tishomingo Blues --
43.Wild Cat Blues --
44.Ugly Child --
45.Everybody Loves My Baby --
46.Careless Love --
47.Papa de da Da --
48.High Society --
49.Whistlin' Rufus --
50.Big House Blues --
51.April Showers --
52.One Sweet Letter From You --
53.Hushabye --
54.We Shall Walk Through the Valley --
55.Thriller Bag --
56.Texas Moaner --
57.Sweet Georgia Brown --
58.Bugle Call Rag --
59.Petite Fleur --
60.Wabash Blues --

Editorial Notes

One of the leading lights of the U.K. trad-jazz scene in the early 1960s, trombonist Chris Barber's albums from the period are anthologized in the six-CD, 60-track box set THE NIXA JAZZ TODAY ALBUMS.
Although Chris Barber and his band had done some recording prior to moving to Pye Records, the period between 1955 and 1958 saw them record prolifically for the label both live and in the studio, as the popularity of both trad jazz and Barber specifically took off in the U.K. This six-CD box set contains everything Barber and his group did for Pye between 1955-1958, including no less than eight albums in their entirety. As a wrap-up package of an important part of Barber's career, it's definitive, with some newly penned historical liner notes by Spencer Leigh. For the record, four of these LPs -- Echoes of Harlem, Chris Barber in Concert, Chris Barber in Concert, Vol. 2, and Chris Barber in Concert, Vol. 3 -- are represented by one CD each (complete with original sleeve and liner notes) in this collection, while the four shorter 10" albums Barber cut for Pye are combined onto the final two discs. Like a good many box sets, it's way too much at once for many general fans, particularly as Barber's studied revivalism of early-20th century Dixieland-style New Orleans jazz didn't vary a whole lot during this period. It does, however, allow one to trace a slight evolution from the stiffer re-creations of the earliest studio recordings here through more swinging, energetic interpretations in the late '50s, particularly on the three live albums. "Petite Fleur," the Sidney Bechet tune that became Barber's only big British single (despite Barber himself not playing on the track), is here, though it didn't become a hit until more than two years after it was recorded as part of the Chris Barber Plays, Vol. 3 album. Lonnie Donegan, incidentally, only appears on the earlier of these sides (his last session with Barber was in March 1956), and then only on banjo, not on vocals. Also, Barber's future wife Ottilie Patterson only takes occasional vocal spots; most of the material's instrumental, though Barber himself takes a vocal now and then. ~ Richie Unterberger
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