New Orleans To London and Back To The Delta
Ken Colyer's Jazzmen
CD: Lake Records LACD209
Released in January 2005

Here is a CD that has been worth the wait: classic recordings from 1953 and 1954 by Ken Colyer’s Jazzmen, one-third of which feature the original Colyer-Barber-Sunshine-Donegan band that was the precursor to Chris Barber’s Jazz Band before the split with Colyer in 1954. All eight tracks on the original 10-inch LP, New Orleans To London, were previously available on a now-deleted earlier Lake CD (and subsequently elsewhere but in inferior tape-to-digital transcriptions). Fortunately, and thanks to Paul Adams of Fellside/Lake Records, they have once again been re-issued, along with fourteen tracks from Ken’s subsequent band (with Acker Bilk on clarinet).

As is usual with Lake Records, the entire package is superb: the sound is excellent, there are informative notes written by Paul Adams, and there is complete and detailed recording and personnel information (along with an intriguing story about the Colyer-Bilk tracks). This is a CD that is an absolute “must” for all Chris Barber, Ken Colyer, and British traditional jazz fans and collectors.

You can read more about New Orleans To London and listen to three of the tracks (recorded directly from an original LP to computer files) by going to a special page in this website celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the recording of the LP.
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