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CD review by Geoff Boxell of New Zealand

KEN COLYER'S HANDPICKED JAZZMEN DARKNESS ON THE DELTA
Black Lion BLCD 76518 1996 7 tracks 49min

Lord Lord You've Sure Been Good To Me, Darkness On The Delta, Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula, Gettysburg March, Deep Bayou Blues, Shine, Auf Wiedersehen

Recorded in 1979 at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Den Hague, this recording sees The Guv'nor re-united with some of his best sidemen, including the lyrical Tony Pike on clarinet, the player who I feel was best suited to Ken's ideas, and the powerful Mike Sherbourne on trombone. Typical of the later recordings of Ken Colyer when his cancer had taken some of the fire out of his playing, this CD shows him in a more reflective mood, using tone and inflection more and putting in the hard drive only occasionally. Whilst I miss his distinctive clarion call, normally given as he moves his horn away from the Derby mute, I do appreciate the skilful way he works the mutes and always gets more from a horn than any other player, bar none, ever. Also typical of the later period, are the number of solo breaks that Ken would have had quietly backed by the rest of the front-line in the earlier days.
There are only sparse cover notes, but I do know that this recording is not fully digital, but the quality, never the less is excellent. I would place this CD as being one of the best from the Gov'nor's later period; a CD all Colyer fans, New Orleans fans, and Traditional Jazz fans should buy.

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