Chris Barber – Memories of My Trip

January 01, 1970

(Proper
Records)

 

www.proper-records.co.uk

 

For
nearly sixty years, bandleader Chris Barber has served as the most prominent
name in British jazz, as singular a figure in the UK arm of the art as Miles
Davis, Stan Getz or John Coltrane were here in the States. And that’s not
counting his important role in the rock world as the director of the famed
Marquee Club in London, where the The Rolling Stones played their first-ever
gig and the likes of The Who, Led Zeppelin, Yes and Pink Floyd cut their teeth.

 

And
in celebration of the Hertfordshire-born trombonist and bass player’s 80th birthday, Proper Records finally gives Mr. Barber the American exposure that’s
eluded him for so many moons with the release of Memories of My Trip, an insightful anthology chronicling not only
his achievements in traditional jazz but his equally fruitful forays into the
realms of blues, R&B, skiffle and gospel as well. Just a simple browse
through the track list of this mammoth two-disc set provides ample proof of the
scope of Barber’s esteem amongst the cream of the United Kingdom’s music
heritage, including banjo great Lonnie Donegan (whose career Barber helped
launch in the 1950s), Jools Holland, Alexis Korner, Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Keith Emerson, Rory Gallagher, Van Morrison
and Andy Fairweather-Low, not to mention such American icons as Dr. John, Muddy
Waters, James Cotton, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Pinetop Perkins and Jeff
Healey.

 

Yet
regardless of who was playing by his side, they merely served as support for
the purity of Barber’s presence as the main attraction, very similar to the way
Les Paul held court at the Iridium in New York City during the twilight of his
life.

 

Memories of My Trip offers an essential gaze
into the professional life of an international jazz giant whose time for
discovery across the Atlantic has been long overdue.

 

DOWNLOAD: “Weeping Willow,” “Kansas City,” “Georgia On My Mind,” ‘C-Jam Blues,”
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