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Preservation Hall Jazz Band Audio CD
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The Preservation Hall Jazz Band derives its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter, founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe. The band has traveled worldwide spreading their mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, for British Royalty or ... Read more in Amazon's Preservation Hall Jazz Band Store

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  • Audio CD (25 Oct 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000026QL
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,559 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Tiger RagPreservation Hall Jazz Band 7:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mood Indigo (Instrumental)Preservation Hall Jazz Band 4:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Buckets Got a Hole in It (Voice)Preservation Hall Jazz Band 5:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. His Eye Is On The Sparrow (Instrumental)Preservation Hall Jazz Band 5:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. St. Louis Blues (Voice)Preservation Hall Jazz Band 5:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Georgia On My MindPreservation Hall Jazz Band 6:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Careless Love (Instrumental)Preservation Hall Jazz Band 5:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Precious Lord (Voice)Preservation Hall Jazz Band 5:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Joe Avery (Instrumental)Preservation Hall Jazz Band 6:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Ain't Got Nobody (Voice)Preservation Hall Jazz Band 4:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Shake It and Break It (Voice)Preservation Hall Jazz Band 4:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Just A Closer Walk With Thee, Part ll (Instrumental)Preservation Hall Jazz Band 5:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. When The Saints Go Marchin' In (Voice)Preservation Hall Jazz Band;Percy Humphrey 8:050.99  Buy MP3 

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A compilation of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band's Columbia recordings from 1976 to 1988, this 76-minute CD is an excellent introduction to the work of these senior New Orleans musicians. It also testifies to the band's durability as well as that of the music, with only a single change in personnel over the period covered. The disc concentrates on the most familiar repertoire, whether rags, blues, hymns, or popular songs, including "Tiger Rag," "St. Louis Blues," "Just a Closer Walk with Thee," and "When the Saints Go Marching In." There are also beautiful renderings of Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo," taking the tune back to its roots in a New Orleans blues song, and Hoagy Carmichael's "Georgia on My Mind." --Stuart Broomer

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prestigious Preservation 6 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
This CD contains 13 tracks recorded mainly in the 1980s and embracing a wide variety of numbers representative of those played by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The hall opened in 1961 as a venue for veteran musicians and young players to perform, learn and preserve the sounds of New Orleans traditional jazz. Preservation Hall had been purchased by Allan Jaffe, melodious tuba player on this CD, who also organised tours for the band he established. His creation is the Preservation Hall Jazz Band with participants changing over the years but this version features Allan Jaffe who after his death was succeeded by his son Ben Jaffe who still leads a Preservation Hall band. Most other musicians on this CD have also passed away - Willie Humphrey as vigorous clarinettist and his young brother Percy Humphrey as a fine trumpeter; Joe Frazier mostly on drums but also Frank Parker; Sing Miller as pianist with a fine voice and Narvin Kimball on banjo also with fine harmonising voice - listen to `His Eye Is On The Sparrow'! and finally trombonist Frank Demond who is still playing

The CD starts with `Tiger Rag' as a most traditional of traditional jazz classics, then Duke Ellington's famous moody `Mood Indigo' and a typical lively jazz vocal with `My Bucket's Got A Hole In It'. Another traditional bouncy number is `Shake It And Break It', with a slower example of the well-loved `Careless Love'. Yet more excellent performances are jazz standards - `St. Louis Blues', `Joe Avery' and `Georgia On My Mind'. `His Eye Is On The Sparrow' is a moving spiritual with others in the same genre - `Precious Lord', `I Ain't Got Nobody' and funeral paced `Just A Closer Walk With Thee' with a more up-tempo to finish relying on `When The Saints Go Marching In'.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding piece of work -- musically and technically. 18 Feb 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Classic Dixieland pieces performed in the band style that marks the best of the originals. Unlike some modern Dixieland that has been smoothed out for easy listening, these songs have the authentic old Dixie edge to them. From the growling on Tiger Rag through the piano improvs to the soaring clarinet, this sounds like the Dixieland bands of old recordings. Except, this is one technically clean CD. Fine, fine sound balance gives you the feel of being in the band. This CD gives one the essential old Dixieland sound, banjo included, that was the hallmark of the music which rode north from Storyville on the sternwheelers.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Epicenter of Jazz 26 Oct 2002
By Gumbeaux13 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Preservation Hall is the epicenter of Jazz on this planet and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band represents in fine fashion. Having each band member featured on a particular song adds to the uniqueness of this CD and is a great asset, not something that "almost eliminates" the excellence of the compositions.
I'm a native New Orleanian who's been to Preservation Hall many times and I own this CD. The shallow review of one reviewer should in no way dissuade you from buying this CD as a central part of any Jazz collection. This tracks chosen for this recording are a fantastic cross-section of Jazz and of the band itself and is well worth the investment.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Music From True Masters 23 Dec 2004
By K. Fontenot - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Other places may try to claim jazz as their own, but no one can hold a candle to the jazz from New Orleans. The Big Easy is where it was invented and it doesn't sound any better than when it's played by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

This disc is a collection of their best songs spanning the time from 1976 to 1988. Everything is here. From the LSU(and my high school) favorite, "Tiger Rag," to the easily recognized "When The Saints Go Marching In," you'll find it on this disc. I love the band's take on "Georgia On My Mind" and "Just A Closer Walk With Thee." They are both proof that everything sounds a little better with jazz.

Folks will also recognize "Joe Avery." They may not know that "Joe Avery" is the title, but when they here the trumpet, they'll recognize this one as a huge Mardi Gras favorite.

Every single song on this album is well worth the price. Buy this disc if you want to know what the real deal sounds like.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Souvenir 12 Feb 2002
By Kellyannl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Let's face it - even if you're going to New Orleans to party at Mardi Gras or because you're an Anne Rice fan, Jazz is part of the reason you're vacationing at the Big Easy. This gem includes much of the music you'll hear either attending Preservation Hall one evening or walking the streets anytime from noon till a few hours before dawn - with "Just a Closer Walk with Thee" being a possible exception unless you're in town during a funeral procession. Then again "When the Saints go Marchin' In" quickly reminds you that mourners can be comforted that it's them going through the difficult time, while their loved one has joined the big, neverending party Up There - an essential part of New Orleans philosophy.
So open up the pralines you also brought back, and munch on them while you show everyone your vacation pictures and listen to this more durable souvenir!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Jazz 21 Jun 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I saw the band perform several times in the 1980's. Truly a wonderfull experience. The review of the person complaining the singing wasn't that good is completely off the mark: what did he expect, the plastic voice of someone who had a full sound stage to hide the fact he couldn't sing at all?
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