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Chris Barber – Memories Of My Trip

July 15, 2011 by  

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Chris Barber – Memories Of My Trip

NAME: Chris Barber
ALBUM: Memories Of My Trip
DATE: 18April2011

LABEL: Proper Records Ltd


FIVE WORD REVIEW: Quality jazz and blues experience.

LOCATION: England.

LINE UP: Chris Barber and various other musicians.


WHAT’S THE STORY?: Barber’s career began in the 50’s when he formed a band named Ken Colyer’s Jazzmen. This later changed to The Chris Barber Band and in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Barber arranged the first UK tours for a number of blues artists. ‘Memories Of My Trip’ is a two disc offering that as the title suggests, is made up of Chris’ musical memories with some of the biggest names around.

The first song, that has the same title name as the album, introduces you straight away to Barber’s unique singing drawl and as he sings he casually mentions Bath, Liverpool and Birmingham without any of those cities sounding out of place on his composition. Eric Clapton guests on the powerful ‘Weeping Willow’ and on ‘Goin Home’, Van Morrison delivers his lyrics smoothly under Barber’s expert musical direction.

On disc two, Barber still manages to keep us enthralled with the striking vocals of Ottilie Patterson on ‘St. Louis Blues/Missouri Special/St. Louis Blues’ The marching tempered bass and screaming trumpets captures the mood perfectly. Even Jools Holland gets in on the action courtesy of ‘Winin’ Boy Blues’ and ‘On The Sunny Side of The Street.’

This album really submerges the listener in an age gone by but it’s strictly for jazz and blues purists. A gigantic musical extravaganza, this is a good example of what the genre is all about.


YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: Traditional Jazz and blues.


Submitted By L.Heath



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