Basin Street Blues

Basin Street Blues

by Harold Dejan
     
 

Harold "Duke" Dejean's renowned Olympia Brass Band is to modern traditional New Orleans brass band music what Elvis Presley is to rock & roll: they are the kings of the genre. Formed in 1958, the venerable brass band was hired to perform at weddings, parties, and funerals for the famous and humble…  See more details below

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Harold "Duke" Dejean's renowned Olympia Brass Band is to modern traditional New Orleans brass band music what Elvis Presley is to rock & roll: they are the kings of the genre. Formed in 1958, the venerable brass band was hired to perform at weddings, parties, and funerals for the famous and humble alike. Among its membership were Dejean on alto saxophone, Milton Batiste on trumpet, Edgar Smith on tuba, Stanley Stephens on snare drum, and Wendell Eugene on trombone, to name a few. Many of the musicians have passed away -- Batiste in 2001 and Dejean himself in 2002. But the music they created lives on, as in this 1996 recording of many brass band favorites, such as "Lord, Lord, Lord," "The Darktown Strutters' Ball," "Bill Bailey," "Just a Closer Walk With Thee," and "When the Saints Go Marching In." The music is played in the polyphonic style characteristic of the idiom -- which often is regarded as out of tune by the uninitiated. But that idiosyncratic style is part of its exuberant charm, showcased nowhere more so than on the album's title cut or the final tune, "China Boy." If the listener cares to know what the brass band street music tradition of New Orleans is all about, one cannot do better than this CD for an education.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/1993
Label:
PROARTE
UPC:
0015095073228
catalogNumber:
732

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Harold Dejan   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Group Member
Milton Batiste   Trumpet,Group Member
Wendell Eugene   Trombone,Group Member
Leroy Breaux   Snare Drums
Stanley Stephens   Snare Drums
Ernest Watson   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Frank Naundorf   Trombone,Group Member
Edgar Smith   Tuba,Group Member
Dwayne Burns   Trumpet,Group Member
Elliot Callier   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Nowell Glass   Bass Drums,Group Member
Milton Burns   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Steve Vining   Producer,Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Hughie Cannon   Composer

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