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Blues Book, Vol. 1/Good Morning, Blues!

  • 1. Jeep's Blues
    2. Kid Man Blues
    3. Four Point Blues
    4. Back Water Blues
    5. Kansas City Blues
    6. It's All Over (Originally R.B. Blues)
    7. (Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean
    8. Tell Me Why
    9. Can't Afford to Do It
    10. Blues Before Sunrise
    11. Me and My Chauffeur Blues
    12. Trixie's Blues
    13. Good Mornin' Blues
    14. Morning Train
    15. Bad Luck Blues
    16. Mary-Ann
    17. Who's Been Here Since I've Been Gone?
    18. Frankie and Johnny
    19. Finishing Straight
    20. Hamp's Blues
    21. If I Have a Ticket
    22. Great Bear, The
    23. When Things Go Wrong
    24. Sweetest Little Baby
    25. Jeep's Blues
    26. Back to the Country
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 380

  • Credits

    Personnel: Chris Barber (vocals, trombone); Patrick Halcox (vocals, trumpet, drums); Ottilie Patterson (vocals, piano); John Slaughter (electric guitar); Eddie Smith & the Hornets (banjo); Ian Wheeler (harmonica, clarinet, alto saxophone); Monty Sunshine (clarinet); Ronnie Scott, Ronnie Scott's Quintet (tenor saxophone); Jimmy Deuchar (trumpet); Peter Bardens, Norrie Paramor (piano); Dick Heckstall-Smith (double bass); Graham Burbridge (drums).
    Liner Note Authors: Chris Barber ; Patrick James; Peter Vacher.
    Recording information: 07/1960.
    Arrangers: Chris Barber ; Ottilie Patterson.
    This two-fer of albums from the Chris Barber Band is from 1960 and 1964. The first features vocalist Ottilie Patterson, who joined the outfit in 1955 and was one of the finest blues singers ever to come out of Britain. Influenced by Bessie Smith, she holds her own throughout Barber's Blues Book, from her own "Bad Spell Blues" to Bessie Smith's "Back Water Blues." The trad jazz backing never gets overpowering and offers some wonderful playing -- especially Monty Sunshine's clarinet work on "Four Point Blues." Good Morning Blues is more of a mixed bag, with Barber himself taking on a number of vocal chores (Patterson does appear on five cuts, including a wonderful "Frankie and Johnny"). The addition of electric guitar makes the sound a little more raucous, and the band has toned down the trad side of their jazz -- "Morning Train," for example, is very much an R&B instrumental, as is their take on Lionel Hampton's "Hamp's Blues." While their style might seem dated now, in their time they were a very influential outfit, one of the first to regularly include blues in their live sets as an important element of their sound. And they could swing their blues too -- a listen to the rhythm section on "Finishing Straight" readily confirms that. These records stand not only as some fine music, but also as insight into one segment of the British blues boom -- indeed, one of its launching points -- which has too often been ignored. ~ Chris Nickson

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