It's Trad, Dad

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
It's Trad Dad! compiles 20 songs that document the strange British trad jazz scene of the late '50s and early '60s. For some strange reason, the sounds of jazz as played by the originators from New Orleans were a huge deal and scads of trad jazz groups flooded Britain. The most famous of the lot was Acker Bilk, who had a big hit in 1962 with the smooth instrumental "Stranger on the Shore." The 1962 version of that song is sadly not included on It's Trad Dad!; instead, a smarmy version with strings from 1972 is included. Others like Chris Barber and Kenny Ball made some noise too. At its best that's what the trad jazz revival was all about, some cats getting together to make ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
It's Trad Dad! compiles 20 songs that document the strange British trad jazz scene of the late '50s and early '60s. For some strange reason, the sounds of jazz as played by the originators from New Orleans were a huge deal and scads of trad jazz groups flooded Britain. The most famous of the lot was Acker Bilk, who had a big hit in 1962 with the smooth instrumental "Stranger on the Shore." The 1962 version of that song is sadly not included on It's Trad Dad!; instead, a smarmy version with strings from 1972 is included. Others like Chris Barber and Kenny Ball made some noise too. At its best that's what the trad jazz revival was all about, some cats getting together to make some joyful noise and not caring about anything but swinging. Odds are that hearing most of these songs in crowded clubs while knocking back your libation of choice is the most optimal way of hearing them. Apart from a few tracks -- like Chris Barber's Jazz Band's wild take on "Mama Don't Allow" not coincidentally recorded live, Acker Bilk & His Paramount Jazz Band's hard-charging "Sweet Georgia Brown," and Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen's atmospheric "Midnight in Moscow" -- most of the disc comes off as overly clinical and ultimately bloodless. The groups hit all the notes, but don't transmit any of the fun and frenzy that is such a big part of trad jazz. Still, apart from the puzzling inclusion of two bad songs from the 1980s, It's Trad Dad! does a fair job of conveying the sound of the era, and if you are a fan, it will be a disc you may want to pick up.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/5/2013
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5050457133023
  • Catalog Number: 1204443
  • Sales rank: 109,805

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Midnight in Moscow (3:01)
  2. 2 Way Down Yonder in New Orleans (3:03)
  3. 3 Now You Has Jazz - Terry Lightfoot (3:55)
  4. 4 Mama Don't Allow It (8:39)
  5. 5 Stranger on the Shore - Acker Bilk (3:20)
  6. 6 March of the Siamese Children (2:47)
  7. 7 Battle Hymn of the Republic (2:20)
  8. 8 Chinatown, My Chinatown - Sandy Brown (2:48)
  9. 9 Petite Fleur (2:46)
  10. 10 My Bucket's Got a Hole in It - Terry Lightfoot Jazzmen (2:50)
  11. 11 Marching Through Georgia - Acker Bilk & His Paramount Jazz Band (3:18)
  12. 12 When It's Sleepytime Down South - Bob Wallis & His Storeyville Jazzmen (3:03)
  13. 13 (I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My) Sister Kate (3:06)
  14. 14 I'm Shy, Mary Ellen, I'm Shy - Bob Wallis & His Storeyville Jazzmen (2:35)
  15. 15 Green Leaves of Summer (2:51)
  16. 16 Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue (2:56)
  17. 17 Sweet Georgia Brown - Acker Bilk (4:17)
  18. 18 Whistlin' Rufus (3:01)
  19. 19 Fan Dance Fanny - Clinton Ford (2:24)
  20. 20 When the Saint's Go Marching In (3:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Barber Bass, Trombone
Acker Bilk Clarinet, Leader
Sandy Brown Clarinet
Monty Sunshine Clarinet, Band
Kenny Ball Trumpet
Jim Bray Bass, Band
George Chisholm Trombone
Ron Bowden Drums, Band
John Mortimer Trombone, Band
Ottilie Patterson Vocals
Kenneth Sims Trumpet, Band
George Melly Vocals
Ernest Price Bass, Band
Ron McKay Drums, Band
John Bennett Trombone, Band
Ray James Banjo, Band
Jay Hawkins Banjo, Band
Al Fairweather Trumpet
Technical Credits
Cow Cow Davenport Composer
Dimitri Tiomkin Composer
Acker Bilk Arranger, Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Armand Piron Composer
Kenny Ball Arranger
Sidney Bechet Composer
Ben Bernie Composer
Henry Creamer Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Turner Layton Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Leon René Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Henry Clay Work Composer
Terry Lightfoot Arranger
Joe Young Composer
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Kenneth Casey Composer
Robert Mellin Composer
William Jerome Composer
Clarence Muse Composer
William Steffe Composer
Jean Schwartz Composer
Gerald Mahlowe Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
Julia Ward Howe Composer
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