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Memories of My Trip Double CD

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  • Audio CD (18 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Proper Records
  • ASIN: B00438RRC4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,904 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Brownie McGhee - Narrative Memories Of My Trip
2. Ottile Paterson with Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and the Chris Barber Band - When Things Go Wrong With You
3. Ottile Paterson with Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and the Chris Barber Band - Do Lord, Do Remember Me
4. Eric Clapton & Chris Barber - Weeping Willow
5. The Muddy Waters Blues Band with Chris Barber - Kansas City
6. James Cotton, Alexis Korner, Chris Barber and Keith Scott - Love Me Or Leave Me
7. Rory Gallagher with Chris Barber - Can't Be Satisfied
8. Lonnie Donegan with the Chris Barber's Jazz & Blues Band - Diggin' My Potatoes
9. Jeff Healey and his Jazz Wizards with Chris Barber - Goin' Up The River
10. Van Morrison with the Chris Barber Skiffle Group - How Long Blues
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Ottile Paterson with the Chris Barber Band and Edmond Hall - St. Louis Blues
2. Chris Barber's Jazz Band with Edmond Hall and Ian Wheeler - High Society
3. Keith Emerson and the T-Bones with Chris Barber - Rock Candy
4. Trummy Young with the Chris Barber Jazz & Blues Band - Georgia On My Mind
5. Joe Darensbourg, Pat Halcox and Chris Barber - Rose Room
6. Albert Nicholas with the Chris Barber Jazz & Blues Band - C Jam Blues
7. The Boston Tea Party with Chris Barber and John Slaughter - Tea Party Blues
8. Eddie Durham with the Chris Barber Jazz & Blues Band - Jack Teagarden Blues
9. Sammy Price, Sandy Brown, Chris Barber, Ruan O'Lochlainn and Keith Smith - Tailgate Boogie
10. Chris Barber's Six Piece Band with Jools Holland - Sunny Side Of The Street
See all 14 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Product Description

If proof were needed how widely Chris is held in high esteem by his fellow musicians, it’s the visitors from the rock world who deliver it. Eric Clapton jams with Chris, Keith Emerson welcomes Chris into his T-Bones, Mark Knopfler plays beautifully with the band, and Van Morrison eclipses the band’s own former vocal star Lonnie Donegan with a trio of performances that count among his best recordings.

Chris Barber’s Jazz Band, which can trace its lineage back to 1949, became a beacon of traditional styles of jazz in the UK. This collection includes some of the early high points, as the band welcomes some of its American heroes into the line-up including ex-Louis Armstrong clarinettists Ed Hall and Joe Darensbourg, legendary trombonists Trummy Young and Eddie Durham. From early in its career, Chris’s band would also welcome blues stars. This collection is particularly rich in terms of the blues connection, with Brownie McGhee remembering highlights of his tour with the band, and examples of Chris’s collaborations with Muddy Waters and James Cotton.

The Barber band toured with many a gospel singer, too, and Professor Alex Bradford hones the band’s singing skills on this collection. There are home-grown blues connections, starting with the band’s own long-term singer Ottilie Patterson, plus Rory Gallagher and Paul Jones. The guests, however, are only part of the story. It’s Chris and his own band of excellent musicians that are at the core of this collection, proving exactly why they are national treasures.

BBC Review

For more than 60 years, Chris Barber has been one of the giants of the British jazz scene. Without compromising his high musical standards or the precision of his trombone playing, he has displayed the ability to adapt to seismic changes in jazz music, earning admiration well beyond these shores. His band has embraced traditional jazz, blues, R&B, skiffle and gospel, and they’re all represented here on this glorious two-CD set.

The title-track tells us a lot about the spirit of this man and his music. It was written by American blues singer Brownie McGhee, whom Barber brought over from America to Europe at his own expense, so that his band could learn more about performing the blues from musicians steeped in the tradition. On his return, McGhee wrote this affectionate song listing the places where they’d played, and the people they met, while in the UK and Europe. As Barber recalls in the liner notes, some names posed a problem for the writers at Smithsonian-Folkways: "They tried to write down exactly what he’d sung… Ottilie (Paterson) was transformed into the blues singer R. B. Patterson!"

Many tracks here are very rare, compilers often eschewing Barber’s commercial recordings for more distinctive performances. Muddy Waters sings the Leiber/Stoller Kansas City taped at the Capital Jazz Festival of 1979; and Trummy Young, a legendary trombonist from the Earl Hines orchestra of 33-37, leads off Georgia on My Mind, recorded on a German tour in 1978. More home-grown are the band’s resident singer Ottilie Patterson performing St Louis Blues as if she were at a wake, the rough recording adding to the atmosphere, and Lonnie Donegan doing his thing with Diggin’ My Potatoes. Ottilie is mesmeric again on Lonesome Road, from a BBC Jazz Club session of 1962.

Other treasures include Joe Darensbourg on clarinet for the sweet ballad Rose Room, innovative guitar playing from Rory Gallagher on Can’t Be Satisfied, Jeff Healey’s paean to Satchmo in Goin’ Up the River, and the sprightly Ken Colyer composition Goin’ Home with Van Morrison on vocals. He’s one of a handful of relatively more contemporary artists, including Andy Fairweather-Low, Eric Clapton, Paul Jones and a supremely relaxed Mark Knopfler, who duet with Barber. Each displays fine versatility and easily conveys their enjoyment in performing with this legendary figure.

--Adrian Edwards

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Duncan A on 4 May 2011
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I wouldn't class myself as much of Jazz fan, I've only come across Chris Barber through his appearance with John Mayall, but this is a fantastic album with some lovely foot-tapping songs. Cream of the crop for me have to be 'I'll Be Rested', with Paul Jones, and Trummy Young on a fantastic version of 'Georgia On My Mind'.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By pete clack TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Jun. 2011
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When lifetime or music achievement awards are handed out ther would not be a more worthy winner than Chris Barber.For some he's lead a jazz band and big band for many years, but more than that he's introduced and inspired over that time some amazing musicians to us, he's brought the great American blues legends such as Muddy Waters to the UK and the first to do so,and in that has directly inspired so manyu of our modern European blues and jazz players.A manresected throughout music and should long ago have recieved a knighthood for his services to music.He's now eighty and still doesn't seem to slow down much at all.So to this CD,or two to be honest, and if there's a better release this year I'll be amazed,let's see you don't only get Chris with his various band members but you get Eric Clapton with an excellent version of 'Weepin' Willow',Rory Gallagher,Jeff Healey,Van Morrison,Jools Holland, Mark Knopfler, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee,Lonnie Donegan (former Chris band member in his early days),Andy Fairweather Low, his wife the wonderful Ottillie Patterson, and Paul Jones with a superb track of 'I'll Be Rested'.Throughout a wonderful mix of jazz,blues and gospel,every track worth inclusion not a dud among them.There are standout tracks but it's a pure listening pleasure whether you like blues or jazz or music in general, consistently well played with some of the best musicians over the last forty years plus on thirty odd tracks you'll play again and again.Best value release of the years in quality ,price and pure listening enjoyment.Utterly unmissable.To Chris Barber thank you so much for yourt contribution to music,your enthusiasm ,long may it continue now Your Majesty about this knighthood be a good year to give it to this great man of music.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By SamB07 on 19 May 2011
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Bought this CD for my dad, who's a massive jazz fan, after reading a glowing review in the Sunday Times. He rates it as the best jazz compilation he's ever heard. Particular praise goes to the duet with the late John Slaughter.
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An excellent double album containing a cornucopia of 31 tracks of blues, jazz, skiffle and gospel music celebrating the great Chris Barber's 80th Birthday. His brilliance and the estimation he is rightly regarded by is clearly reflected in his sessions with other legends such as Eric Clapton (Weeping Willow), Keith Emerson (Rock Candy), Mark Knopfler (Dallas Rag), Van Morrison (Goin' Home), Lonnie Donegan(Diggin' my Potatoes), Brownie McGhee(Memories of my Trip), Ed Hall (High Society), Muddy Waters (Kansas City), Albert Nicholas (C-Jam Blues), Dr John (Goin' Home), Jools Holland (Winin' Boy Blues), not least the classic Georgia on my Mind with Trummy Young. Featuring the incredible vocals of Ollie Patterson (St Louis Blues), Rory Gallagher (Can't be Satisfied), Paul Jones (I'll be Rested), Andy Fairweather Low (Precious Lord, Take my Hand)and a whole lot more. The Liner notes taken from Chris Barber's modest, informed and witty conversations on each collaboration are a treat to read in themselves and enjoyably take you along the trip. Noticed the album is fittingly dedicated to the memory of the great John Slaughter. If you aren't familiar with this genre of music or some of the artists, give this album a try, it's a masterclass that does not bore. If you know Barbers' work - it's a gem that will grace any collection you may already have. Chris Barber is a genuine national treasure, a thoroughbred, a giant, enjoy.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. I. Edwards on 20 April 2011
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chris has certainly lots of friends playing on this which is almost certain to become a classic album there are no space fillers on this cd at all rory gallagher lonnie donegan jeff healy instant classics if you dont own buy now you will not regret it
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By merry mac on 4 Dec. 2011
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Had it for a birthday present and play it all the time, I especially appreciate all the various artist playing with Chris Barber on this CD so that gives it a five star rating. I liked it so much have bought one for my friend.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike on 26 May 2011
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As a long time Barber fan, this cd - my story - is just great!

Super value, speedy delivery - just great again!
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By A. Mackay on 17 Feb. 2013
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What a great collection. The 'sleeve notes' by Chris are worth the price of the CD alone. It is like a history of British trad jazz and Blues.
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