Memories of My Trip

Chris Barber

Trombonist, bandleader and sometime bassist Chris Barber has been at the centre of British musical life for seventy years.  This double album anthology shows exactly why he has been such an influential figure, giving just a taste of the breadth of interest, and of his involvement in jazz, blues, skiffle and beyond.

 

If proof were needed how widely Barber is held in high esteem by his fellow musicians, it’s the visitors from the rock world who deliver it.  Eric Clapton jams with Chris, Keith Emerson welcomes Chris into his T-Bones, Mark Knopfler plays beautifully with the band and Van Morrison eclipses the band’s own vocal star Lonnie Donegan with a trio of performances that count among his best recordings.

 

Chris Barber’s Jazz Band, which can trace its lineage back to 1949, became a beacon of traditional styles of jazz in the UK.  This collection includes some of the early high points, as the band welcomes some of its American heroes into the line-up including New Orleans clarinetists Ed Hall and Albert Nicholas, legendary trombonists Trummy Young and Eddie Durham, and keyboard wizard Dr. John.  Ex-Louis Armstrong All-Stars clarinetist Joe Darensbourg also plays on a special informal session with Chris.

 

From early in his career, Chris’s band welcomed blues stars to Europe.  This collection is particularly rich in terms of those blues connections, with Brownie McGhee remembering highlights of his tour with the band, and examples of Chris’s collaborations with Muddy waters and James Cotton.  The Barber Band toured with many a gospel singer too, and Professor Alex Bradford hones the band’s singing skills on this album. There are home-grown blues connections, starting with the band’s own long-term singer Ottilie Patterson plus Rory Gallagher and Paul Jones.

 

The guests, however, are only part of the story.  It’s Barber and his own band of excellent musicians that are at the core of this collection, proving exactly why they remain a national treasure.

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Trombonist, bandleader and sometime bassist Chris Barber has been at the centre of British musical life for seventy years.  This double album anthology shows exactly why he has been such an influential figure, giving just a taste of the breadth of interest, and of his involvement in jazz, blues, skiffle and beyond.

 

If proof were needed how widely Barber is held in high esteem by his fellow musicians, it’s the visitors from the rock world who deliver it.  Eric Clapton jams with Chris, Keith Emerson welcomes Chris into his T-Bones, Mark Knopfler plays beautifully with the band and Van Morrison eclipses the band’s own vocal star Lonnie Donegan with a trio of performances that count among his best recordings.

 

Chris Barber’s Jazz Band, which can trace its lineage back to 1949, became a beacon of traditional styles of jazz in the UK.  This collection includes some of the early high points, as the band welcomes some of its American heroes into the line-up including New Orleans clarinetists Ed Hall and Albert Nicholas, legendary trombonists Trummy Young and Eddie Durham, and keyboard wizard Dr. John.  Ex-Louis Armstrong All-Stars clarinetist Joe Darensbourg also plays on a special informal session with Chris.

 

From early in his career, Chris’s band welcomed blues stars to Europe.  This collection is particularly rich in terms of those blues connections, with Brownie McGhee remembering highlights of his tour with the band, and examples of Chris’s collaborations with Muddy waters and James Cotton.  The Barber Band toured with many a gospel singer too, and Professor Alex Bradford hones the band’s singing skills on this album. There are home-grown blues connections, starting with the band’s own long-term singer Ottilie Patterson plus Rory Gallagher and Paul Jones.

 

The guests, however, are only part of the story.  It’s Barber and his own band of excellent musicians that are at the core of this collection, proving exactly why they remain a national treasure.

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REVIEWS

"one of the best anthologies I've ever heard. The music here is all phenomenal..." ~ Michael Doherty
"Barber’s led a musical career that’s made him a historian by virtue of the history he’s lived, and this two-disc set provides a fine overview of his travels.' ~ Hyperbolium

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