Traditional Jazz at the Royal Festival Hall, London
Various bands, including Chris Barber's Jazz Band
LP: Decca LK 4088 / Recorded in concert on 30 October, 1954 / Released in 1955
Cover scans by Gordon Bull
The four tracks by Chris Barber’s Jazz Band on this venerable record, plus two by the Lonnie Donegan Skiffle Group, are among the most frequently reissued of all the early Barber recordings, perhaps so much so that many of us have either forgotten – or perhaps never even knew – about the LP on which they originally appeared. These recordings have been published numerous times, at first on the LP shown here as well as on EP records issued at more or less the same time, on various compilation LPs in several countries, and most recently on CD, the most notable of which is Lake Records’ The Complete Decca Sessions (LACD 141). On this page, in addition to the original cover and track & personnel lists, you can read the sleeve notes from the original 1955 LP, which also featured Ken Colyer, Alex Welsh, and George Melly.