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St. Peter and 57th St.

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 (1 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B008UTV4AI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,758 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introduction By George Wein
2. Introduction to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band By Tom Sancton
3. Introduction to the Del Mccoury Band By Ed Helms
4. Introduction to Allen Toussaint By Ben Jaffe
5. Introduction to Givers By Ben Jaffe
6. Bonjour Cousin
7. Introduction to Steve Earle By Mark Braud
8. Introduction to Tao Seeger By Ben Jaffe
9. St. James Infirmary
10. Tootie Ma
11. Introduction to Merrill Garbus and Frank Desmond By Mark Braud
12. It Ain't My Fault
13. I'll Fly Away

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BBC Review

St. Peter Street is the location of Preservation Hall in the French Quarter of New Orleans, and 57th Street is where squats New York’s Carnegie Hall. This live set was recorded at the latter location in January 2012, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Preservation Hall’s house band.

The PHJB combo has been active pretty much as long as the famed jazz heritage haunt, and is now led by Ben Jaffe, the sousaphone-slinging son of Preservation’s founders, Allan and Sandra.

The Carnegie gig’s concept was to feature the PHJB as a foundation for that old chestnut: the mega-guest-star blow-out. Comparable only to The Chieftains in the scope of their stylistic sympathies, the PHJB managed to corral a starry cast ranging from Del McCoury to Mos Def, via Allen Toussaint and King Britt. And, mostly, these diverse artists managed to merge with their distinctly Crescent City hosts.

Bourbon Street Parade represents the meaty heart of the band, unadorned by guests, their front line given space to swing. Intriguing though all the collaborations are, it’s a shame that this is only one of two tunes that showcase the PHJB in its naked horn-jostling state.

McCoury is an old-time king of bluegrass, and his band take over on One More ‘Fore I Die, the Preservationists just slipping in their clarinet and trumpet solos. Toussaint fits in best, with his dedicated PHJB song, an infectiously sing-along ditty presumably penned specially for the occasion.

Steve Earle blends in naturally for T’Ain’t Nobody’s Business, and the real odd one out is El Manicero (The Peanut Vendor), sung in Spanish by Tao Seeger, the grandson of Pete. Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs shows how it should be, retaining her unique vocal style, but applying it to the accumulated tradition of Careless Love. My Morning Jacket muck in on the mighty St James Infirmary, here as a two-parter.

With the multitude of guests, perhaps this would be better as a DVD. When experienced solely as audio, the ears are forced to make some wild and sudden adjustments. But maybe that’s one of this disc’s perverse attractions.

--Martin Longley

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Recorded in Carnegie Hall early this year (I think) this album was recorded to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the iconic venue Preservation Hall in New Orleans. Special guests from an assortment of genres include George Wein, Del McCoury Band, Allen Toussaint, Ed Helms, GIVERS, Steve Earle, Tao Seeger, My Morning Jacket, Trombone Shorty, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), King Britt, Blind Boys of Alabama, and Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs. Quite a guest list. The music itself is beautifully recorded, traditional tunes played with gusto and they all appear to be having a whale of a time. Having visited Preservation Hall a couple of times myself I appreciate that to some afficiandoes the band are seen as a bit "touristy" and not "authentic" but I for one don't care as it is feel good music at its best.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected 31 Oct 2012
By J. D. Traiger - Published on Amazon.com
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The Preservation Hall Jazz Band sounds fine in this CD, of course when they're actually playing, which is not often. The selection of performers on this CD is a little puzzling and I'm not sure how the selection of groups and their tunes relate to the intent of the CD. For example, "Givers," Tao Seeger, "My Morning Jacket and King Britt," Yaslin Bey, and a few others seem to be loosely lined up as fillers between the main (i.e., absent) performers. I was expecting more in the likes of Allen Toussaint and Trombone Shorty, both of whom occupy "cameo" spots in the listing. For me, the best track is the opening tune, "Burgundy Street Blues," played on Tom Sancton's mellow clarinet. The final tune, "I'll Fly Away," includes The Preservation Hall Junior Jazz Band," a group I would have liked to hear on other tracks for a better sense of their playing. The concept for the CD was promising with some good potential, but the end result just isn't there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Celebration Hall Jazz Party. 6 Oct 2012
By Scott McWade - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was lucky enough to score a lone 1st row seat for this show, at the last minute. This document reminds me of just what a celebratory vibe coursed through Carnegie Hall that night. This was a party, for the city that helped pick up another, at a low point. After the hurricane, there were many musicians from New Orleans without a home. New York had set up benefit concerts soon after the event, and hosted many shows and literally provided homes and purpose for many of NOLA's artists, in the intervening months and years. This concert felt like a big Thank you, not specifically for the monetary support but more for the cultural support, for adopting their art so that none of it got lost in the uncertainty of it all. I had been to the Hall on a visit to NOLA, some years before the hurricane and I had attented a benefit for the city at Radio City, soon afterward. I felt a connection for the place and specifically for this music. About a week before this show, I stumbled onto a web advertisment for it and a quick scan for tickets turned up one, first row, seat. It seemed like some sort of musical divine calling, that I attend. Now this document plays through my home system. This gift keeps giving, I'm a lucky man. Preservation, indeed !
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS 30 Jun 2013
By matilda - Published on Amazon.com
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I heard some tracks from this CD in the wee small hours on radio, and I just HAD to have it.
No disappointment...just listen to the two versions of St James InfIrmary...WONDERFUL, and delightful surprises with the other tracks.
Arrived in Australia promptly and in perfect condition.
4.0 out of 5 stars for hard-core Preservation Hall Jazz Band fans 2 Mar 2013
By oleaginous - Published on Amazon.com
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2012 performance recording, produced by Allan Jaffe's son, of a sampler of the music that has distinguished the New Orleans organization for 50 years.
3.0 out of 5 stars New Orleans Music 24 Feb 2013
By Deborah Allgeier - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked it but I got tired of it quickly. Every song sounds the same. Great musicians but little variety.
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