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It's Trad, Dad
     

It's Trad, Dad

 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/05/2013
Label:
Imports
UPC:
5050457133023
catalogNumber:
1204443
Rank:
135975

Tracks

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
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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