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French Preservation New Orleans Jazz Band

Academic journal article Notes

French Preservation New Orleans Jazz Band

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French Preservation New Orleans Jazz Band. Jumpin' in Irigny, Volumes 1 and 2. Jazz Crusade JCCD-3110 and JCCD-3111, 2005.

Trombonist Big Bill Bissonnette established the Jazz Crusade label in 1960, and his little company could hardly be more aptly named: Bissonnette has been a tireless crusader on behalf of traditional New Orleans jazz ever since, organizing bands and recording the work of others for a small but international audience of similarly-inclined jazz fanatics. The international nature of his project is illustrated nicely by this two-disc series of live recordings made in December of 2004 at the Hot Club of Lyon, a jazz club located in Irigny, France. The band is a local ensemble that includes Jean-Pierre Alessi (alto and tenor saxophone), Henry Lemaire (banjo), Joel Gregoriades (bass), and Clody Gratiot (drums); on these recordings Brissonnette is featured as guest trombonist and singer, along with cornetist Fred Vigorito. Everyone's playing is exquisitely

tasteful--energetic and inventive, but never frantic or rushed. …

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