Various: Best Of Dixieland

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With a title like Best Of Dixieland I had to check this one out. It is an older CD (1987) but what a gem! I like the idea of starting the tracks out with the legands of Dixieland ie: Kid Ory, George Lewis and Louis Armstrong and then progressing to the "newer" dixie style bands that helped revive the dixie sound in the late 1950's. Bands like: Mr. Aker Bilk, Chris Barber, Ken Colyer and The Humphrey Lyttelton Band.

It is interesting to note that during my search to find quality Dixieland/Traditional New Orleans style CD's, most of these recordings are going to feature bands from Europe. This is sure true on this paticular recording.The "newer" bands mentioned above are all from either Great Britain or Germany. One of the reasons why this happened back in the late 50's was the fact that you had people like Louis Armstrong and Eddie Condon traveling abroad advocating traditional jazz right before the rock explosion and bands from Europe (Beatles) coming to America. Europe latched onto Dixie/Traditional Jazz and produced some fine bands with a slight touch of refinement in their own way which is hard to define but I think this CD is a splendid example of what we are talking about.


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