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New Orleans Jazz Classics: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong


  • 1. Ain't Misbehavin'
    2. What a Wonderful World
    3. Basin Street Blues
    4. Darktown Strutters' Ball
    5. Monday's Date
    6. Back O' Town Blues
    7. Lord, Lord
    8. Canal Street Blues
    9. Mardi Gras in New Orleans
    10. Jesus on the Mainline
    11. Big Leg Woman
    12. Sleepy Time Down South
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1016

  • Credits
    ProducerWarren Hildebrand; Milton Batiste
    EngineerSteve Reynolds

    The Young Olympians: Byron Bernard (tenor saxophone, clarinet, vocals); Greg Tardy (tenor saxophone); Mervin Campbell, Milton Batiste (trumpet, vocals); Curtis Watson (trumpet); Tyrus Chapman, Emaneul Steib (trombone); Damion Francois (tuba); Lumar LeBlanc (snare drum); Derrick Moss (bass drum).
    Recorded at Ultrasonic Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana from September-October 1992. Includes liner notes by Warren Hildebrand.
    Personnel: Byron Bernard (vocals, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Mervin Campbell, Milton Batiste (vocals, trumpet); Greg Tardy (tenor saxophone); Rev. Curtis Watson (trumpet); Damion Francois (trombone, tuba); Emanuel Steib, Tyrus Chapman (trombone); Derrick Moss (drums, bass drum); Lumar LeBlanc (drums, snare drum).
    Recording information: Ultrasonic Studios, New Orleans, LA (09/1992-10/1992).
    More young traditional jazz and repertory groups are emerging, especially in the New Orleans area. This Crescent City ensemble, the Young Olympians, aren't strictly a brass band but more of a complete traditional orchestra, doing everything from stomps to struts, marches, and spirituals. They're mainly paying homage to Louis Armstrong on this 12-song set, although they also do excellent versions of Fats Waller's "Ain't Misbehavin'" and King Oliver's "Canal Street Blues." Mervyn Campbell's vocal sendups of Armstrong have proven quite controversial; they're either loved, hated, or questioned, depending on the listener's memories, fondness for Armstrong, and perspective. ~ Ron Wynn

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