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Accolades for an English musician don't come more exotic than a description of Chris Barber as the "Bix Beiderbecke of British- style jazz"— this, from the pen of musicologist David Boulton back in 1958. Not that this kind of plaudit about Barber is confined to the past, nor to the jazz world. Blues-Rock Explosion published in 2001 states that, "Chris Barber, Alexis Korner, Lonnie Donegan and Cyril Davies were the real founding fathers of what became the British 1960s blues-rock explosion." Both of these quotes expose an obscured truth about Barber and his Jazz and Blues Band: namely, that without the man who celebrates nearly seven decades as a pro band leader, not only would British trad jazz have taken many more years to evolve – but also the British blues and rock scene would not have exploded in the way that it did

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A Trailblazer's Legacy

Label: The Last Music Company
Released: 2021
Track listing: Disc 1: 1. Chris Barber's New Orleans Jazz Band.- Stomp Off Let's Go (Schoebel) 2. Chris Barber's New Orleans Jazz Band.- Misty Morning (Whetsol / Ellington) 3. Ken Colyer's Jazzmen.- The Isle of Capri (Grosz / Kennedy) 4. Ken Colyer's Jazzmen.- La Harpe St Blues (Colyer) 5. Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Stevedore Stomp (Ellington / Mills) 6. Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- The Martinique (de Paris) 7. Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Chimes Blues (Oliver arr. Barber) 8. Lonnie Donegan Skiffle Group.- Rock Island Line (trad. arr. Barber / Donegan) 9. Chris Barber's Jazz Band with Ottilie Patterson.- Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out (Cox) 10. Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Ice Cream (Johnson / Moll / King) 11. Bertie King with Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Skokiaan (Msarurgwa / Glazer) 12. Chris Barber's Jazz Band with Ottilie Patterson.- St Louis Blues (Handy) 13. Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Goin' To Town (Ellington / Miley) 14. Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Papa De Da Da (C and S Williams / Todd) 15. Chris Barber's Jazz Band with Ottilie Patterson.- Careless Love (trad. arr. Barber) 16. Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Doin' The Crazy Walk (Ellington / Mills) 17. Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Petite Fleur (Bechet) 18. Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Bourbon St Parade (Barbarin) 19. Chris Barber's Jazz Band with Ottilie Patterson.- Kay Cee Rider (trad. arr. Patterson) 20. Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Bye and Bye (trad. arr. Barber) 21. Chris Barber's Jazz Band with Ottilie Patterson.- When the Saints Go Marching In (Black / Purvis arr. Barber)


Disc 2: 1. Sister Rosetta Tharpe with Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Every time I Feel The Spirit (trad. arr. Barber) 2. Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- The Sheik of Araby (Snyder / Smith / Wheeler) 3. Chris Barber's Jazz Band with Ottilie Patterson.- Moonshine Man (Clayton) 4. Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Majorca (de Paris) 5. Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Rent Party Blues (Ellington / Hodges) 6. Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee with Chris Barber's Jazz Band and Ottilie Patterson.- Do Lord Do Remember Me (trad.) 7. Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee with Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Betty and Dupree (trad. / McGhee) 8. Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Give Me Your Telephone Number (Higginbotham) 9. Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Golden Striker (Lewis) 10. Chris Barber's Jazz Band with Ottilie Patterson.- Well Alright, OK, You Win (Watts / Wyche) 11. Chris Barber Presents Harlem Washboard.- X Marks The Spot (Scott) 12. Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Swipesy Cakewalk (Joplin/Marshall arr. Barber) 13. Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- The Entertainer (Joplin arr. Barber) 14. Chris Barber's Jazz Band- Beautiful Dreamer (Foster arr. Barber) 15. Chris Barber's American Jazz Band.- You Tell Me Your Dream (Daniels)
Disc 3: 1. Chris Barber's American Jazz Band.- Lil Liza Jane (trad.) 2. Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Just a Little While To Stay Here (trad. arr. Barber) 3. Chris Barber's Jazz Band with Ottilie Patterson.- Too Many Drivers (Broonzy) 4. Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Revival (Harriott) 5. James Cotton.- Love Me Or Leave Me (Kahn / Donaldson) 6. Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Trad Tavern (Barber) 7. Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Gonna Build a Mountain (Bricusse / Newley) 8. Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Chiquita (Jefferson/Hardwick/Washington) 9. Chris Barber's Jazz Band with Ottilie Patterson.- The Mountains of Mourne (Percy French, Houston Collison) 10. Chris Barber's Jazz Band with Ottilie Patterson.- Lonesome Road (Shilkret/Austin) 11. Edmond Hall with Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- High Society 12. Louis Jordan with Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby? (Austin) 13. Louis Jordan with Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Don't Worry 'Bout The Mule (Jordan) 14. Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Eh La Bas! (trad) 15. Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Weary Blues (Mathews) 16. Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Black and Tan Fantasy (Ellington /Mills) 17. Albert Nicholas with Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- C Jam Blues (Ellington) 18. Sammy Price.- Tailgate Boogie (Price)
Disc 4: 1. Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- I Never Shall Forget (King) 2. Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Jeep's Blues (Ellington / Hodges) 3. Alex Bradford with Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Couldn't Keep It To Myself (A. Bradford, K. Morris) 4. Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Csikos (Barber) 5. Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (Zawinul) 6. Van Morrison and Dr. John with Chris Barber's Jazz Band.- Oh Didn't He Ramble (Trad.) 7. Chris Barber's Jazz and Blues Band.- Heavy Henry (Dick Morrissey) 8. Chris Barber's Jazz and Blues Band.- Sideways (Leroy Lovett) 9. Chris Barber's Jazz and Blues Band.- Good Queen Bess (Hodges) 10. Chris Barber's Jazz and Blues Band.- The Weight / Caledonia Mission (Robertson) 11. Eddie Bo and Chis Barber.- Wake Up (Edwin Bocage) 12. Chris Barber's Jazz and Blues Band.- All The Girls Go Crazy (trad.) 13. Chris Barber's Six Piece featuring Jools Holland.- Winin' Boy Blues (Morton) 14. Big Chris Barber Band.- Merry Go Round (Ellington) 15. Chris Barber Special.- Savoy Blues (Ory)

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Article: Album Review

Joe Harriott Quintet: Free Form & Abstract Revisited

Read "Free Form & Abstract Revisited" reviewed by Chris May


A tiny island, Jamaica has punched far above its weight musically. Dub and reggae are the primary manifestations, but the island has also produced a disproportionately large number of notable jazz musicians, many of whom left during the late 1940s and 1950s to relocate to Britain, Jamaica's so-called mother country during the colonial era. Alto saxophonist ...

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News: Recording

Chris Barber: A Trailblazer’s Legacy Due Out July 23rd On Last Music Co.

Chris Barber: A Trailblazer’s Legacy Due Out July 23rd On Last Music Co.

On March 2nd, the world mourned the passing of Chris Barber OBE. A British Jazz pioneer who performed for over seven decades until his retirement in 2019, Barber was a transformational figure in the UK music scene. He unlocked the door for a new generation of renowned musicians who in turn, continue to inspire on a ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Steve Fidyk, Joe Magnarelli & Gregory Porter

Read "Steve Fidyk, Joe Magnarelli & Gregory Porter" reviewed by Joe Dimino


There was so much good music that came out in 2020, we are still catching up. The 691st Episode of Neon Jazz begins with veteran drummer Steve Fidyk with music off his new CD Battle Lines. We also look into some quality music from Stephane Spira, Mark Masters, Gregory Porter and Benny Benack III. Finally, we ...

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News: Obituary

Chris Barber, Giant of British Jazz, Dies at Age 90

Chris Barber, Giant of British Jazz, Dies at Age 90

Born in 1930, Chris Barber was one of the leading figures in European jazz. Together with Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk, he was one of the “Three B’s” who defined traditional jazz in Britain and spearheaded the “Trad” revival of the late 1950s and early 1960s. His interest in jazz began while he was evacuated from ...

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News: Music Industry

Chris Barber Retires After 65 Years As A Top Bandleader And Pioneer Of Blues In Britain

Chris Barber Retires After  65 Years As A  Top Bandleader And Pioneer Of Blues In Britain

Trombonist/bandleader Chris Barber has announced his permanent retirement from full-time music after leading his internationally popular band since 1954. His original small group initially played in jazz clubs but by the late 50s became an attraction in large concert halls throughout the UK and Europe. Chris Barber’s Jazz Band first toured the USA in 1959 after ...

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Article: Album Review

Rory Gallagher: Blues - Deluxe Edition

Read "Blues - Deluxe Edition" reviewed by Doug Collette


The Chess Records logo appears prominently on the cover of Rory Gallagher's Blues, seemingly a mere cosmetic touch, but in fact a telling facet of the graphic design adorning this handsome three-CD set that underscores the authenticity of the music inside. The glossy fold-out insert inside the slipcase of this Deluxe Edition also hearkens to the ...

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Article: Live Review

Live From Birmingham: Amy Roberts, Richard Exall, Bruce Coates, John Edwards, Mark Sanders, GoGo Penguin & Mammal Hands

Read "Live From Birmingham: Amy Roberts, Richard Exall, Bruce Coates, John Edwards, Mark Sanders, GoGo Penguin & Mammal Hands" reviewed by Martin Longley


The Amy Roberts/Richard Exall Jazz Band Solihull British Legion March 8, 2015 Shockingly, this regular club at Solihull British Legion, so accustomed to traditional New Orleans trotters, had booked a band that specialises in jazz from a slightly later time period. Precedents already existed, though, and the regulars have ...

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Article: Album Review

Joe Harriott Quintet: Abstract/Southern Horizons/Free Form

Read "Abstract/Southern Horizons/Free Form" reviewed by Duncan Heining


Swing Low, Sweet Harriott I don't think Joe Harriott's entire catalogue has ever been available at one time. Even in his heyday in the sixties, much of the 1950s material was unavailable. From the seventies onwards, things got really dire. Now that so much is out of copyright, Harriott's work is increasingly being reissued ...


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