Blues Book, Vol. 1/Good Morning, Blues!

Blues Book, Vol. 1/Good Morning, Blues!

by Chris Barber
     
 

This two-fer of albums from the Chris Barber Band is from 1960 and 1964. The first features vocalist Ottilie Patterson, who joined the outfit in 1955 and was one of the finest blues singers ever to come out of Britain. Influenced by Bessie Smith, she holds her own throughout …  See more details below

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This two-fer of albums from the Chris Barber Band is from 1960 and 1964. The first features vocalist Ottilie Patterson, who joined the outfit in 1955 and was one of the finest blues singers ever to come out of Britain. Influenced by Bessie Smith, she holds her own throughout Barber's Blues Book, from her own "Bad Spell Blues" to Bessie Smith's "Back Water Blues." The trad jazz backing never gets overpowering and offers some wonderful playing -- especially Monty Sunshine's clarinet work on "Four Point Blues." Good Morning Blues is more of a mixed bag, with Barber himself taking on a number of vocal chores (Patterson does appear on five cuts, including a wonderful "Frankie and Johnny"). The addition of electric guitar makes the sound a little more raucous, and the band has toned down the trad side of their jazz -- "Morning Train," for example, is very much an R&B instrumental, as is their take on Lionel Hampton's "Hamp's Blues." While their style might seem dated now, in their time they were a very influential outfit, one of the first to regularly include blues in their live sets as an important element of their sound. And they could swing their blues too -- a listen to the rhythm section on "Finishing Straight" readily confirms that. These records stand not only as some fine music, but also as insight into one segment of the British blues boom -- indeed, one of its launching points -- which has too often been ignored.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/28/1998
Label:
Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC:
5017261203809
catalogNumber:
380

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Tracks

  1. Jeep's Blues
  2. Kid Man Blues
  3. Four Point Blues
  4. Back Water Blues
  5. Kansas City Blues
  6. It's All Over (Originally R.B. Blues)
  7. (Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean
  8. Tell Me Why
  9. Can't Afford to Do It
  10. Blues Before Sunrise
  11. Me and My Chauffeur Blues
  12. Trixie's Blues
  13. Good Mornin' Blues
  14. Morning Train
  15. Bad Luck Blues
  16. Mary-Ann
  17. Who's Been Here Since I've Been Gone?
  18. Frankie and Johnny
  19. Finishing Straight
  20. Hamp's Blues
  21. If I Have a Ticket
  22. The Great Bear
  23. When Things Go Wrong
  24. Sweetest Little Baby
  25. Jeep's Blues
  26. Back to the Country

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Barber   Primary Artist,Trombone,Vocals
Jimmy Deuchar   Trumpet
Patrick Halcox   Trumpet,Drums,Vocals
Ronnie Scott   Tenor Saxophone
Monty Sunshine   Clarinet
Norrie Paramor   Piano
Peter Bardens   Piano
Graham Burbridge   Drums
Dick Heckstall-Smith   Bass,Double Bass
John Slaughter   Electric Guitar
Ian Wheeler   Clarinet,Harmonica,Alto Saxophone,Multi Instruments
Dick Smith   Multi Instruments
Eddie Smith   Multi Instruments
Ottilie Patterson   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Chris Barber's Jazz Band   Band
Ronnie Scott's Quintet   Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Smith & the Hornets   Banjo,Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Chris Barber   Arranger,Liner Notes
Ottilie Patterson   Arranger,Composer
Peter Vacher   Liner Notes
Patrick James   Liner Notes

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