Acker Bilk: The Frankfurt Concert (2001)
Performing in Frankfurt with his Paramount Jazz Band, which he formed in 1958, Bilk offers a play list of traditional jazz tunes to a large and enthusiastic audience. The clarinetist also displays an authentic blues tinged Louis Prima like vocal ability on "After You've Gone". There are some tunes which are played in the "Stranger" mode, like "A Taste of Honey", which is a nice respite from the traditional jazz material. The members of the Band are excellent in their own right. Scottish born pianist Stan Greig is as much responsible as Bilk for the group's sound with his very strong piano out front on several of the tracks such as "Nagasaki". John Mortimer and Colin Smith get a chance to move to center stage on trombone and trumpet, respectively. Drummer Ron McKay offers some Louis Armstrong influenced scatting on "Dinah".
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Track Listing: Nagasaki; Train Number One Done Gone; Dinah; A Taste of Honey; Bula Two; Undecided; After You've Gone; St. James Infirmary Blues; Stranger on the Shore; In a Persian Market; Musical Signature
Personnel: Mr. Acker Bilk - Leader/Clarinet/Vocals; Ron McKay - Drums/Vocals; Tucker Finlayson - Bass; Stan Greig - Piano; Tony Pitt - Guitar; John Mortimer - Trombone; Colin Smith - Trumpet
Record Label: Hitchcock Media Records