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Walking With the King by Gregg Stafford & the Easy Riders Jazz Band

Gregg Stafford is, at 45, one of the younger New Orleans revivalists on the scene today. Gregg took over the lead of Danny Barker's Jazz Hounds after Barker's passing and is also heard with The Preservation Hall Jazzband.

This session for Jazz Crusade was recorded in April 1999 at Wallingford, CT. and includes many New Orleans standards plus Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" and the perennial swing tune "Caldonia".

Gregg and the group carry the set off in great style including Kid Ory's arrangement of "Aunt Hager's Blues" and the George Lewis version of "Savoy Blues." Big Bill Bissonnette is in fine form and plays more forcefully than I have heard him in the past. Havin' a good time Bill?

The two reedmen double on sax and clarinet beautifully. Bill Sinclair plays a 60 minute ball game on piano, just swingin' all the way. Stafford's lead trumpet is confident and impeccable. He never relaxes the New Orleans punchy style for a moment.

A few other songs I really enjoyed were "Yellow Dog Blues", "Walking withe the King", "Cielto Lindo" and "The Faithful Hussar", one of Satchmo's tunes that he always introduced as "Hazzah Cuzzar". Somehow, the King could seldom remember the name of this tune.

This is is nice choice for those who like their jazz "hot".

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Gregg Stafford & the Easy Riders Jazz Band
  • CD Title: Walking With the King
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 1999
  • Record Label: Jazz Crusade
  • Musicians: Gregg Stafford - trumpet/vocals; Big Bill Bissonnette - trombone; Sammy Rimington - reeds; Paul Boehmke - reeds; Bill Sinclair - piano; Emil Mark - banjo; Arnie Hyman - bass; John Russell - drums
  • Rating: Five Stars
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