At Manchester's Free Trade Hall, England 1971

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
With an over-the-top (and perhaps tongue in cheek) name like the World's Greatest Jazz Band, all modesty has been happily tossed out the window. Whether any band can actually live up to such a title is questionable, but At Manchester's Free Trade Hall, England 1971 does qualify as a fine recording of a vivacious live show. This rather large band (nine players), including trumpeters Yank Lawson and Billy Butterfield, and pianist Ralph Sutton, turns back the clock to a jazz form -- Dixieland -- that hadn't been "in" since the 1910s. The set list, "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Carolina in the Morning," and "Bourbon Street Parade," reflects this backward glance. The odd thing ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
With an over-the-top (and perhaps tongue in cheek) name like the World's Greatest Jazz Band, all modesty has been happily tossed out the window. Whether any band can actually live up to such a title is questionable, but At Manchester's Free Trade Hall, England 1971 does qualify as a fine recording of a vivacious live show. This rather large band (nine players), including trumpeters Yank Lawson and Billy Butterfield, and pianist Ralph Sutton, turns back the clock to a jazz form -- Dixieland -- that hadn't been "in" since the 1910s. The set list, "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Carolina in the Morning," and "Bourbon Street Parade," reflects this backward glance. The odd thing about this date for anyone immersed in contemporary jazz (anything from Coltrane on) is how melodic and fun jazz was before it became sophisticated. Sutton and clarinetist Bob Wilbur's freewheeling solos on "Ain't Misbehavin'" concoct an intoxicating mood, while the instrumental interchanges and intertwinings by the band throw the proceedings into high gear. The band offers quite a few variations on the Dixieland style, varying the arrangements and featuring different players on different cuts. This, plus the fact that most of the tracks hover around three- to five minutes, means that these two discs keep the listener tuned in. The only factor that seems a bit old-fashioned here are the song introductions, though they do provide a space to identify the featured musician(s) on each cut. At Manchester's Free Trade Hall, England 1971 delivers over an hour-and-a-half of spontaneous, effervescent jazz, and stands as a worthy testament to the World's Greatest Jazz Band.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/11/2006
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941134322
  • Catalog Number: 19343

Album Credits

Performance Credits
World's Greatest Jazz Band Primary Artist
Bud Freeman Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Yank Lawson Trumpet, Group Member
Ralph Sutton Piano
Bob Wilber Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Group Member
Billy Butterfield Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Group Member
Bob Haggart Bass, Electric Bass, Group Member
Vic Dickenson Trombone, Group Member
Eddie Hubble Trombone, Group Member
Gus Johnson Drums, Group Member
Technical Credits
Steve Allen Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Paul Barbarin Composer
Jelly Roll Morton Composer
Kid Ory Composer
Fats Waller Composer
Ray Bauduc Composer
Bob Haggart Composer, Cover Design
Irving Mills Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Manny Kurtz Composer
Nappy Lamare Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Gil Rodin Composer
Brian Shaw Mastering
Ray Gilbert Composer
Harry Brooks Composer
DuBose Heyward Composer
Steve Voce Liner Notes
Mat Domber Producer
Rachel Domber Producer
Douglas Furber Composer
Benjamin Franklin Spikes Composer
John Spikes Composer
Henry Brunies Composer
Luke Melton Cover Design
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