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In 1959, the renowned New Orleans clarinetist Albert Nicholas was visiting Chicago from his expatriate home of Paris when Delmark Records decided to make the best of the opportunity. Nicholas was joined in the studio by a hand picked band that become for the session Art Hodes’ All-Star Stompers. The band included the best that Chicago had to offer. It is an extraordinary band with Nappy Trottier on trumpet, and Floyd O’Brien on trombone. In addition to Hodes on piano, the first rate rhythm section includes Marty Grosz on guitar, Mike Walbridge on tuba, and Fred Kohlman on drums. This group of well- balanced soloists was obviously up for the session, the energy and enthusiasm is infectious. Albert’s Back In Town is reason to sit-up and notice - excellent jazz always is.
Fortunately for us, Delmark has successfully re-mastered the original release. The sound quality allows us to hear clearly the subtleties of the vigorous exchange between the soloists, and their interaction with the piano, guitar, tuba, and drums rhythm section. This band can play tightly woven polyphonic New Orleans style ensemble jazz or open out into a solo, swing, swap session; in either case, this is an upbeat, at times raucous recording. Nicholas and Trottier is an exciting match, interweaving and pushing each other throughout. Hodes and O’Brien toss in their concise, thoughtful solos and imaginative accompaniment while the whole band just keeps cooking. Highly recommended.
Track Listing: Farewell Blues; Fidgety Feet; Lulu's Back In Town; Creole Love Call; Shimme Sha Wabble; Sobbin' Blues; Runnin' Wild; How Long Blues; That's A Plenty; You Gotta See Your Mama Every Night; and 5 previously unissued alternate takes.
Personnel: Art Nicholas, clarinet; Nappy Trottier, trumpet; Floyd O'Brien, trombone; Art Hodes, piano; Marty Grosz, guitar; Mike Walbridge, tuba; and Fred Kohlman, drums.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com