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JCCD-3031: Traditional Jazz Around the World Vol.2
[Japan/Canada/Belgium]

Personnel:  Harumi Omatsuzawa, Mick Collins, Bruno Van Acoleyen [tp], Torahiko Koyanagi, Janet Shaw, Pierre Claessens [rds], Akio Yokota, Brian Towers, Cor Fabrie [tb], Jun Endo, Janet Shae, Norbert Detaye [pn], Mitsuyuki Ono, Rainer Hunck, Arsene Devlieger [bn], Akio Nishitani, Colin Bray, Paul Brandes [sbs], Katsusuke Nakagawa, Gary Scriven, Phillipe Desmet [dm]

Songs: Bugle Boy March, Franklin Street Blues, Weary Blues, Faraway Blues, Swanee River, Walk Through the Streets of the City, Harlem Rag, June Night, Blues in Montevideo, Ting-A-Ling, The Moose [A March], When You and I Were Young Maggie, Cecilia, Melancholy, All I Do Is Dream of You, I Love You So Much It Hurts, Too Busy, Love Songs of the Nile.

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JCCD-3031: Traditional Jazz Around the World Vol.2
[Japan/Canada/Belgium]

Old Jazz Express - Netherlands jazz publication

I think it is a good idea of Bill Bissonnette to introduce in this way several bands from all over the world. We get the chance to hear completely unknown bands from countries one doesn't visit easily. The Japanese New Orleans Naughties are pure New Orleans deciples and play very enthusiastically. In the collectives they are better than as soloists. The Canadian Hot Five Jazzmakers play differently, more organized [ragtime] but also feature an excellent slow blues. Remarkable here are the trombonist, who uses his mutes very well, and his wife who surprises us on the baritone sax. The best band however is the Belgian New Orleans Roof Jazzmen They play their ensembles excellently as well as solistically. Everything is more in balance than the other bands. As a whole a good CD and excellent sound quality throughout.
- Gerard Bielderman


Victory Review - U. S. A.

Rough tumbling New Orleans early style traditional jazz opens this collection with the Japanese New Orleans Naughties delivering a strong heavy beat on "Bugle Boy March" and you can hear the Bessie Smith like back up sound on the blues "Franklin Street" with the trombone of Akio Yokoto. Very earthy goods on "Weary blues / Swannee River" and the less heard "Walk Through the Street Of the City."
Next on this world tour we go to eastern Canada's hot musical scene and the Hot Five Jazzmakers hankering back to tunes of Bunk, George Lewis, Big Jim Robinson, Kid Ory early Louis Armstrong and Johnny Dodds. Their style is more subtle leaning toward Ory and turn of the century jazz as in "Harlem Rag" a great tune. The baritone player Janet Shaw (also piano) pushes a hotter mood on "Ting-A-Ling." Liked Mike Collins' Satch like cornet and Towers consistent warm trombone.
Finally we go to Belgium for New Orleans Roof Jazzmen, a less dynamic group that flow along on things like "Cecilia" or the Norbert Detaye piano excursion "Love Songs of the Nile." They get nice voicing on "I Love You So Much It Hurts." Not as polished as the other two or as well recorded. The world is alive with trad jazz. Fun series.
- Chris Lunn


Cadence Magazine - U. S. A.

While I read repeatedly how Dixie is exhausted as a creative medium, I still marvel at how refreshing a good trad band can sound. While the sweet interplay oFThe New Orleans Naughties evokes the spirit of the Crescent City with the ebullient polyphony of their ensembles, none of the soloists is exceptional although Koyanagi's clarinet is convincing as a primary solo voice. Nishitani's slap style bass in "Weary Blues" rings out in homage to Milt Hinton. A charming session.
Canada's The Hot Five Jazzmakers show greater sophistication in a stylish blend that draws upon Ellington ("Blues in Montevideo") Bix (Harlem Rag/ June Night/ When You and I Were Young Maggie) and New Orleans("The Moose [A March]"). Janet Shaw's baritone sax joins the cornet of Collins and the trombone of Towers to create lively and inventive music, proving why in the right company this can become a living idiom that is .neither nostalgic recreation nor tired rehash.
Belgium's The New Orleans Roff Jazzmen are jlsp an attractive combo with the smooth legato style clarinet of Claessens being the dominant point of focus here. Trad fans of vintage New Orleans style Jazz will Shd plenty to relish in these three bands. Recommended.
- David Lewis


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