In Budapest

In Budapest

by Chris BarberChris Barber


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Recorded in 1962 during a tour of Hungary, this very short (just over 30 minutes) studio recording captures the band in a typically exuberant mood, featuring a diversity of selections, from "This Little Light of Mine" to Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo" to Ruth Brown's "Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean." In decades of performances, Barber plied a consistent sound, one soundly in the pocket of Dixieland or what is referred to as traditional jazz. Tuneful, catchy, and upbeat, the band's ability to withstand the changing tides of musical culture is a testament to its centered devotion to a style written off by many as dead. By focusing on new arrangements, quality soloing, and old-time style, Barber came to represent a stable, historical model that attracted a steady following. Ottilie Patterson adds the good-time vocals on a couple of numbers, her light, attractive voice perfectly meshed with the horns. Although the credits fail to indicate it, that's Pat Halcox chiming away exuberantly on "Ice Cream," according to Digby Fairchild's liners. The crisp arrangements and tight harmonies anchored by the tailgate 'bone are an irresistible combination for toe-tappers everywhere. For some, Barber is part of a bygone era, keeping the flame alive, but for others, his joyous romps are as fresh as ever. Despite the stingy recording time, this is one of his better efforts on disc.

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Release Date: 12/01/1990
Label: Storyville Records
UPC: 0717101040827
catalogNumber: 408
Rank: 195146

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