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Jazz & Blues Legend Chris Barber Unearths Lost Recordings

SOURCE: Published: 2008-02-18
Chris Barber, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Many More JAZZ & BLUES LEGEND CHRIS BARBER UNEARTHS A COLLECTION OF LOST RECORDINGS FROM AMERICAN BLUES STARS FROM 10th MARCH 2008.

CHRIS BARBER PRESENTS...THE BLUES LEGACY: 'LOST & FOUND' CD & DOWNLOAD SERIES ARE SET FOR A SIMULTANEOUS RELEASE ALONGSIDE THE 'AS WE LIKE IT' DVD - THE BIG CHRIS BARBER BAND & SPECIAL GUEST ANDY FAIRWEATHER-LOW ARE CAPTURED LIVE IN A BRAND NEW 'ONE NIGHT ONLY' PERFORMANCE ON DVD.

Featuring Muddy Waters, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Sonny Boy Williamson, Champion Jack Dupree, Louis Jordan, Howlin' Wolf and Jimmy Witherspoon, with The Chris Barber Band and Ottilie Patterson. Plus special guest performances by Humphrey Lyttelton and Ronnie Scott.

Despite being 'on the slide' since 1949, Chris Barber has earned several recording accolades, (e.g. “Petite Fleur" with Monty Sunshine), collaborated with the world's finest musicians, as well as introducing the world to Skiffle ("Rock Island Line" with Lonnie Donegan) and Europe to some of America's greatest blues artists. Being somewhat of a scene maker throughout his career, Chris Barber has also played over 10,000 concerts worldwide, continuing to do so into the 21st Century with the Big Chris Barber Band. The Jazz & Blues legend just 'can't stop now'.

“The importance of these tours to the British blues, and the eventual transatlantic exchange courtesy of the Stones, Yardbirds et all, shouldn't be underestimated" - Mojo (Dec '07)

Chris Barber not only headed the extraordinary boom in popularity of traditional Jazz within Britain and across Europe, but is also the man responsible for bringing some of the most legendary and influential U.S Blues acts, to UK and European concert halls. Many of these recordings have been lost for half a century. Chris Barber has recently traced the original live recordings from the 50s and 60s, to present this eagerly anticipated collection. As co-founder of the famous Marquee Club in London and the Richmond Jazz and Blues Festival (later known as the Reading Festival), Chris and his partner Harold Pendleton, played a large part in starting and furthering the careers of The Rolling Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, Alexis Korner and John Mayall....to name but a few!


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