Chris Barber's Jazz Band: Chris Barber 1957-58
Lake Records LACD268, double-CD issued in 2009.
Chris Barber 1957-58 is the third in a series of single and double CDs from Lake records, each focussing on one or two years of recordings by Chris Barber’s Jazz Band in the mid- to late-1950s. The previous two sets, Chris Barber 1955 and Chris Barber 1956, have previously been announced on the Barber website, and perhaps should be consulted for continuity into the present collection.
To summarize, this CD set includes three complete LPs from the Pye/Nixa jazz label, Chris Barber Plays Volume 4, Chris Barber In Concert Volume 2, and Chris Barber In Concert, Volume 3. In addition, there are the four sides from two singles featuring Ottilie Patterson (Kay Cee Rider / I Love My Baby and Trombone Cholly / Lawdy Lawdy Blues).
An added bonus is the inclusion of four tracks that were not on the original Brighton Concert LP (In Concert, Volume 3). As Paul Adams points out in his exemplary sleeve notes, “When I compiled this collection I tried to do it chronologically, but where there were entire albums I have stuck to the original LP running order. The exception is the Brighton concert. Over the years almost all of the unissued tracks from the ‘live’ concerts have ‘disappeared’ but the exception was the Brighton one where four tracks not issued at the time were still in existence: … Indiana, Rent Party Blues, New Orleans Hula and St Philip Street Breakdown.”