REMEMBERING MIKE DANIELS
ARTIST: MIKE DANIELS’ DELTA JAZZMEN & THE MIKE DANIELS BIG BAND
CD DESCRIPTION: Mike Daniels formed his first band in the late 1940s when the emerging British traditional style Jazz bands were searching for an identity. Mike Daniels decided to model his band on the Classic bands of the 1920s, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke et al. By the late 1950s the band was one of the best – and one of the few – to specialise in that style. The band’s golden period was the period covered by this CD. The band rarely recorded and never turned professional. Largely because of this the band achieved a cult-like status. Most of the recordings here are previously unissued, but the recording quality and the musical quality is very, very good. Mike Daniels also ventured into the realm of vintage style big bands (early Duke Ellington, Luis Russell, Fletcher Henderson etc.) and an extension of his small band and two tracks from that line-up are included
TRACK LISTING: Mike Daniels Delta Jazzmen:High Life; Blues With A Feeling; Stevedore Stomp; You’re Driving Me Crazy; Mabel’s Dream; I’m Coming Virginia; West End Blues; Freeze ‘n’ Melt; Misty Morning; I’m In The Market For You; Busy Saying Nothing; Ponchartrain Blues; You Made Me love You; Froggie Moore Rag; Shreveport Stomp; Sweet Mama; Louisiana; Aunt Hagar’s Children; East St.Louis Toodle-oo. The Mike Daniels Big Band: What Do You Want Me To Do?; I’d Love It.