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'. In addition to prestigious ensemble performances all musicians are called on for solo slots on `The Saints' and each responds magnificently. But every track is brilliant - this is an inspired collection played by a band that ensures traditional jazz is being preserved and will live after them.