Jazz Crusade Audio Sampler Catalog
JCCD-3003: Big Bill Bissonnette & the Easy Riders Jazz Band -
'Rhythm Is Our Business'
Personnel: Big Bill Bissonnette (tb,v), Paul Boehmke (rds,v), Bob Shallue (pn), Bill Sinclair (pn), Jim Tutunjian (sbs,v), Bob Lasprogato (dm)
Songs: Perdido St. Blues, Short Dress Gal, Sweet Mama, Shreveport Stomp, The Mooche, Bring It On Home to Grandma, Love Songs of the Nile, Apex Blues, Get Out of Here, Black Gal You Better Watch Your Step, Big Chief Battle-Ax, The Bells of St. Mary's, Rockin' N' Rhythm, I'll Take the South, Someday Sweetheart, Rhythm is Our Business, Black Cat Moan, Running Wild.
JCCD--3003: Big Bill Bissonnette & the Easy Riders Jazz Band -
'Rhythm Is Our Business'
Geoff Boxell's Jazz Website - New Zealand
Jazz crusade seem to delight in recording bands with unusual line-ups.
This one has Big Bill Bissonnette on trombone, Paul Bochmke on reeds,
either Bob Shallue or Bill Sinclair on piano, Jim Tutunjian on bass and
Bob Lasprogato on drums. Where's the horn? There ain't one! Have you ever
heard the lead on 'Perdido St Blues' being played by a trombone rather
than a trumpet? No? Well get this CD and see just how well it works. I
was amazed, stunned and amazed, amazed and stunned. Big Bill and his Jazz
Crusade label always stretches your understanding of traditional jazz,
and yet does it in an entertaining and non threatening manner. Match Bissonnet's
rasping raucous trombone with Bochmke's inventive reed playing and you
have a very interesting combination. Whilst the back-line is good, it
is the reduced front-line that grabs your ear and won't let go. Big Bill
reckons that the band wanted to 'play' with jazz tunes in the New Orleans
idiom, but in new ways. Well they sure did that, and they sound as if
they had fun doing it. I sure had fun listening to them.
Jazz Rag - New Zealand
An American CD featuring Big Bill Bissonnette and his new "Easy
Riders Jazz Band." With 18 tracks and a running time of some 71 minutes
and 56 seconds, value for the money in terms of recording time seems to
be a part of the Jazz Music scene. Recorded in 1985/6 in Walling-ford,
Connecticut and issued on the Jazz Crusade label, the quality of recording
is very good. The music is representative of all the traditional favorites
including: The Mooche, Apex Blues, Sweet Mama, Perdido St. Blues, Big
Chief Battle Axe, I'll Take the South, Black Cat Moan and several other
titles, many of which I have not previously heard. Some of the names of
the musicians involved with the making of this CD are unfamiliar to me.
However, readers are assured that they are all good!
West Coast Rag - U. S. A.
The 1985-86 edition of trombonist Big Bill Bissonnette's Easy Riders
Jazz band contained a number of tasty ingredients, as demonstrated on
this CD of Uptown New Orleans-oriented jazz; a novel instrumentation of
reed, trombone, piano, bass and drums; a wide-ranging, interesting book
of jazz standards, pops, Ellingtonia, hokum, obscurities and other worthies;
a fine, agile soloist in Paul Boehmke, who ably doubles clarinet and soprano
and tenor saxophones; nicely-voiced, fertile charts, comfortably executed;
a zestful, rough and ready, infectious approach; a lowdown, back-roomy,
barrel-housey mood. JCCD-3003 keeps its head well above water. Four stars.
Playbacks: - U.S.A.
The album was recorded with the Riders original engineer Michael Fast
brought in to ensure that the sound quality would rival that of the group's
landmark 60's sessions. The result is superb, passionate jazz in the grand
early style. New Orleans music, when performed well, emphasizes the beauty
of collective participation and tight themic unity. Instead of expressive,
lengthy solos, this music pivots on the exchanges between Bissonnette
on trombone, Paul Boehmke on clarinet, soprano and tenor saxes, and painist
Bob Shallue, and also features very strong support from bassist Jim Tutunjian
and drummer Bob Lasprogato. One of the trademarks of the Easy Riders sound
which comes across strikingly on this album is the band's ability to adapt
to the New Orleans style songs not usually performed in that vein. This
time around, material includes rare Duks-Ellington numbers like Sweet
Mama and The Mooche and a Jelly Roll Morton piece Shreveport Stomp initially
performed by the brilliant Omer Simeon and this time done capably by Boehmke.
Other composers presented include Jimmy Noone and Kid Ory.
Mississippi Rag - U.S.A.
Bill Bissonnette! The very name conjures up warm memories of the mid
1960s when I was a college freshman eager for the latest New Orleans jazz
releases and Big Bill was obliging us with seemingly monthly releases
on his Jazz Crusade label. The Easy Riders themselves have now reappeared
on this album. The Easy Riders of the 1960s were strictly a New Orleans
Revival band, looking no farther than Preservation Hall for their inspiration.
The Bill Bissonnette of the 1980s believes that both the music of the
Revival and that of the earlier days has validity; thus he has recorded
an eclectic album drawing material from the repetoires of Duke Ellington,
Johnny Dodds, Billie Pierce, Sam Morgan, the Harlem Hamfats, Tiny Parham,
Jimmy Lunceford and Kid Ory. The Easy Riders here comprise five pieces.
They generate enough heat that I heard the album through once before I
realized that there was no trumpet in the group. It's nice to have Big
Bill Bissonnette back on the scene. While he is not the greatest trombonist
to hit the jazz scene in the last 20 years, he can hold his own quite
nicely with anyone else on the scene today and he has produced an enjoyable
album which lovers of New Orleans jazz of all eras should seek out.
Jazz Journal International - British Jazz Magazine
Bissonnette is a New Orleans inspired leader and trombonist who led a
revivalist band in the days of the trad boom. After a long spell in what
he describes as the desert, he tried again in the eighties playing a melange
of New Orleans associated material which was not commercially successful,
perhaps because its repertoire was not easily pigeonholed. These recordings
stem from that era and offer an eclectic mixture of influences and styles.
, A loose easy-riding approach to music-making is reflected in the band's
name. The powerful trombone of the leader is complemented by an adaptable
Boehmke who also sings on Bring It On Home. The leader's earthy vocal
on his own Black Gal is a down and dirty blues, underpinned by salty
tenor licks from Boehmke. There's a stately reading of Duke's Rockin'
In Rhythm to contrast with an almost straight faced version of The Bells
Of St. Mary's. A rare variety of music played with honesty and reflecting
the unflinching individualistic nature of the leader.