CHRIS BARBER’S JAZZ BAND – ELITE SYNCOPATIONS
Artist: CHRIS BARBER’S JAZZ BAND
***VOTED No.3 BEST REISSUE 2011 – BRITISH JAZZ AWARDS*** Very few Trad Jazz albums were what we would now call ‘concept’ albums. An exception was this classic one from 1960 which was devoted to Ragtime tunes. The band adopts a variety of approaches ranging from a strictly “as written” one to treating the melody like any other jazz tune with plenty of scope for improvisation. The original LP set is enhanced by some tunes previously unreleased plus two tracks of Chris Barber’s ragtime arrangements recorded when Chris was in Ken Colyer’s Jazzmen in 1953.
Swipsey Cakewalk; Bohemia Rag; Elite Syncopations; Cole Smoak; The Peach; St George’s Rag; The Favourite; Reindeer Ragtime Two Step; The Entertainer; Georgia Cakewalk; *Hiawatha – A Summer Idyll; *Merrydown Rag; *Whistling Rufus; *The Harlem Rag; *Maple Leaf Rag; Cataract Rag; Harlem Rag.