QUOTE(skylark @ Apr 21 2008, 08:30 PM)
Is that the sort of music hillyb meant cos if it is, it's different to what I thought she meant!
Well Henry's Bootblacks weren't really trad, they were more a comical New Orleans pastiche. But all the players are very skilled New Orleans-style players, and they've all played an extensive amount of trad as well. The Apex Blue Four were a small New Orleans band.
For the record New Orleans was the earliest form of jazz, with notables like Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, Kind Oliver and early Louis Armstrong etc. The front line would be cornet (later trumpet ), clarinet and trombone, with a rhythm section of guitar (later banjo and piano), bass and drums.
The 'trad revival' was a sort of British reinvention of New Orleans, and started in the 1950s with people like the Temperance Seven, Ken Colyer, Chris Barber, Humphrey Lyttleton, George Melly etc.
Some of Henry's Bootblacks (and the Apex Blue 4 for that matter) played in the great trad bands of the 50s, like Bobby Mickleburgh who was known as 'The General'.
Here's some real trad from the 50s:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DRsPLu2x0s
I'd personally rather listen to the old New Orleans guys...... but it's a matter of taste.
OK compare this: Sidney Bechet playing the same tune: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1pLQNhBLmA
Hear that passion! Sends shivers up my spine.....