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Pub Session - Live by Geoff Cole's Hot 5

Geoff Cole’s Hot Fives and Sevens appear here for their fifth Jazz Crusade CD. Past disks have honored specific musicians including Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton and Kid Ory. The Pub Session differs in that it’s an "off the wall" glimpse of the popular band in front of their regular fans. The nine-tune gig was taped by an enthusiastic fan who then presented the recording to the leader. The 2000 session was almost forgotten until Jazz Crusade’s Big Bill Bissonnette asked if he could release it on his label. The Hot Five’s regular drummer, Brian "Dipper" Duddy was out of town and the very capable Johnny Muxlow filled the drum throne for the evening. Muxlow is a regular with Andy Woon’s Vintage Hot Five.

Both leader Geoff Cole and reedman Tony Pyke are veterans of the Ken Colyer band. The leader’s trombone style is loose, powerful and witty. Geoff Cole obviously adored the late Kid Ory. Tony Pyke is a warm-toned and ceaselessly swinging reedman. I’m often reminded of Australia’s great sax-man Lazy Ade Monsbourgh when I listen to Pyke.

The quintet’s regular pianist Hugh Crozier and bassist Graham Wiseman are extremely strong performers. The piano and bass sound surprisingly bright for a live club recording. Hastily arranged club recordings often muddy-up these instruments. Nothing could ever muddy-up the pianist’s vibrant solos. Crozier is a band unto himself.

The band romps their merry way through nine jazz standards including great versions of Birth Of the Blues , Stars Fell On Alabama and Carmen Lombardo’s Sweethearts On Parade. Fans of this fine British band will like the new CD. It’s a nice loose session!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Geoff Cole's Hot 5
  • CD Title: Pub Session - Live
  • Genre: Traditional / New Orleans
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Jazz Crusade
  • Tracks: Oh! Looka’ There, Ain’t She Pretty; Birth Of The Blues; Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone; Everywhere You Go; My Buddy; China Boy; Oh! Lady Be Good; Stars Fell On Alabama; Sweethearts On Parade.
  • Musicians: Geoff Cole (trombone, vocals, leader); Tony Pyke (reeds); Hugh Crozier (piano, vocal); Graham Wiseman (string bass); John Muxlow (drums).
  • Rating: Three Stars
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