LIVE IN LEIPZIG
HARRY GOLD & HIS PIECES OF EIGHT
Lake LACD 3 2000 17 tracks 73 min
Dixieland Jamboree, Davenport Blues, That's A Plenty, Ain't Misbehavin', Blue & Broken Hearted, Ostrich Walk, Riverboat Shuffle, At The Jazz Band Ball, Poor Butterfly, Paper Doll, If You Knew Susie, Farewell Blues, Maryland My Maryland, One Hundred Years From Today, Jazz Me Blues, Some Of These Days, Chief Battle Axe
I knew I was going to like this CD even before it arrived as I already had a Lake cassette tape I bought in 1984. I bought the CD as it has 5 additional tracks from the live concert in Leipzig.
I first came across Harry Gold in the mid 1960's. I bought a Decca Ace of Clubs LP called 'Traditional Jazz Bands of the 50's' as a Christmas present for an old family friend who had encouraged me in my interest in jazz. Naturally I copied the LP on reel-to-reel tape before handing it over. Well Harry Gold & his Pieces of Eight play in a more orchestrated Dixieland style of jazz than I preferred, but they were good and when, some 20 years later, I saw the Lake cassette, I bought it. It is something I have never regretted.
The band are very 'all together' and exceptionally professional. Harry Gold is a piece of British traditional jazz history. Born in 1907, Harry finally gave up leading his professional band in 1999; a truly remarkable career. This CD is a wonderful example of this man and his craft.
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