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Terry Lightfoot’s

New Orleans Jazzmen


Lake Records LACD234



  1. The Old Pull ‘n’ Push
  2. Wimoweh
  3. Long Gone John From Bowling Green
  4. Big Noise From Winnetka
  5. Panama
  6. Savoy Blues
  7. Margie
  8. Flying High
  9. Tin Roof Blues
  10. That’s A Plenty
  11. Muskrat Ramble
  12. Avalon
  13. Tishomingo Blues
  14. Old Man Mose
  15. Georgia Camp Meeting
  16. Wolverine Blues
  17. True Love
  18. The Whiffenpoof Song
  19. Dave’s Departure
  20. Oh, You Beautiful Doll

Terry Lightfoot - Clarinet
Alan Elsdon - Trumpet
Phil Rhodes - Trombone
Paddy Lightfoot - Banjo
Vic Barton - Bass
Johnny Richardson - Drums

Terry Lightfoot’s Band made it’s recording debut in 1956, but these recordings come from in the 1960’s. Terry has always had a remarkable skill in putting together good bands, almost regardless of who he used as sidemen. This has continued right up to date where Terry’s band is still heard regularly up and down the UK and still produces high quality performances. The New Orleans Jazzmen is something of a misnomer, as the band really plays much more in the Dixieland or Chicago style. The emphasis with Terry is always on entertainment in conjunction with good music, a recipe for success with most bands. There has always been band’s about that were high on entertainment but low in musical quality and vice versa, Terry always manages to get things just right

The tunes are mostly from the classic trad band library with one or two originals and items like True Love, which was produced when trad was ‘pop’. From today’s perspective it is hard to believe that there was such an era!

This is happy foot tapping music from a band that knew what they were doing and sounded like they were enjoying doing it.

Don Mather

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