This Is The Blues

Ken Colyer's Jazzmen

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Format: CD

Cat No: LACD188

Release Date:  20 October 2003

Label:  Lake

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  5017116518829

Genres:  Jazz  

  • Description

    Ken Colyer (known as 'the Guvnor') was one of traditional jazz's first legends. His presence in the influential Crane River Jazz Band in the late 40s, his pilgrimage to New Orleans and the formation of the first Ken Colyer Jazzmen with Chris Barber, Monty Sunshine and Lonnie Donegan ensured a certain position in the great scheme of things.

    The split with Barber et al is the subject of much folklore. He earned a reputation as a gruff, uncompromising spirit. He ploughed a lone furrow eschewing the commercialism of the Trad Boom. This gave him cult status, which continues to this day. The CD is based around the This Is The Blues LP which has never been reissued in any format and includes a very young Sammy Rimington who is one of the leading lights of the New Orleans scene today.

    Part of the new Lake series of British Traditional and Mainstream Jazz - Denis Preston's Record Supervision Archives - music from one of the greatest archives of the British Traditional Jazz revival.