223

Norie Cox & His New Orleans Stompers featuring Butch Thompson: Live at Illiana

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
Norie Cox & His New Orleans Stompers featuring Butch Thompson: Live at Illiana 'Excellently traditional in every way,' a friend of mine said to me as I was listening to Live at Illiana for this review. She's not anywhere close to being a fan of Jazz, yet she picked up on the essence of the album's main thrust: a clear delivery of dolid New Orleans Jazz. This is the kind of music that led me to this site, and the stuff that fills my days when I'm not around my day job in radio.

This project is the live performance given by Norrie Cox and his New Orleans Stompers at the Glendora Ridge Ballroom in Chicago Ridge, IL in October 2001. The session featured pianist Butch Thompson, who is well known for his twelve-year stint as pianist and bandleader on public radio's "A Prairie Home Companion.' Thompson's seamless fit into the group's New Orleans sound is a testament to his abilities.

The music on this album is, to my ears, very Preservation Hall-ish. I saw the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in concert about a year ago, and it was my first introduction to New Orleans Jazz. I have been hooked since, and this album fits right into my 'favorites' category. Recordings of live music have a different quality from studio records. The timing is easy to catch in live performance, where there is no editing, nor are there any overdubs. This album is a keeper for any New Orleans Jazz enthusiast.


Track Listing: Weary Blues; How Long, How Long Blues; Mobile Stomp; Mabel's Dream; Exactly Like You; The Crave; She Looks Like Helen Brown; Just a Closer Walk With Thee; Krooked Blues; In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree

Personnel: Norrie Cox, Clarinet; Charlie DeVore, Cornet; Jim Klippert, Trombone; Butch Thompson, Piano; Mike Carrell, Banjo; Bill Evans, Bass; Donald "Boogie" Berg, Drums

Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Delmark Records | Style: Dixieland/New Orleans/Swing


Shop

More Articles

Read A Dark and Stormy Day CD/LP/Track Review A Dark and Stormy Day
by Dave Wayne
Published: March 1, 2017
Read Pocono Git-Down CD/LP/Track Review Pocono Git-Down
by Edward Blanco
Published: March 1, 2017
Read Rímur CD/LP/Track Review Rímur
by Henning Bolte
Published: March 1, 2017
Read Schönbrunn CD/LP/Track Review Schönbrunn
by Tyran Grillo
Published: March 1, 2017
Read Northern Adventures CD/LP/Track Review Northern Adventures
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 28, 2017
Read Collider CD/LP/Track Review Collider
by John Sharpe
Published: February 28, 2017
Read "Morning Glory" CD/LP/Track Review Morning Glory
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 8, 2016
Read "Mind Behind Closed Eyes" CD/LP/Track Review Mind Behind Closed Eyes
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: November 22, 2016
Read "Cantos Invisíveis" CD/LP/Track Review Cantos Invisíveis
by Troy Collins
Published: November 18, 2016
Read "Suite Ellington" CD/LP/Track Review Suite Ellington
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: November 28, 2016
Read "Windows" CD/LP/Track Review Windows
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 12, 2016
Read "Shapes" CD/LP/Track Review Shapes
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: August 24, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!