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Papa Bue's Viking Jazzband

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PAPA BUE BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY 4 CD BOXSET Papa Bue (Arne Bue Jensen) fyldte 80 år lørdag den 8 maj. I den anledning har Storyville kigget i arkiverne og fundet 80 af de bedste titler Papa Bue’s Viking Jazzband har indspillet. Det er blevet til 4 CD’er i et box set. Det begynder med to titler med Bohana Jazzband som var det første orkester Arne spillede med. Derefter er det med Papa Bue’s Viking Jazzband samt med mange forskellige solister orkestret har indspillet med: George Lewis, Wingy Manone, Edmond Hall, Art Hodes, Wild Bill Davison og Champion Jack Dupree. Mange af orkestrets mange hits er også med bl.a. Schlafe Mein Prinschen, Nyboders Pris, The Olsen Gang Theme, Bonanza, Blueberry Hill, White Cliffs Of Dover og What A Wonderful World. Papa Bue’s Viking Jazzband begyndte i 1955 hvor de spillede i Nyhavn. De er populære overalt i Europa og har også spillet i New Orleans i USA og er stadig på farten. 

Papa Bue's Viking Jazz Band

Reviews

"Great art trad ain’t; great fun it always is." Chris Mosey – AllAboutJazz 

“Danish trombonist and bandleader Arne Bue Jensen was dubbed ”Papa Bue” early in his career and this four-disc set celebrates his 80th birthday. Sadly, he died a year later on Nov. 2nd, 2011. One hopes he was able to enjoy this tribute from the label that issued so much of his music. The four-disc set devoted to Papa Bue’s Viking Jazzband begins with two private recordings made in 1954 and concludes with 1977-78 studio dates. Although the personnel varies, the music is remarkably consistent yet the 80 tracks are not monotonous. This is the rare boxed set that one could listen to in long stretches. Bue is not well known as a jazz trombone virtuoso, but the deceptively simple style he affects changes nimbly with the context. He never gets in anyone’s way and his ensemble lines are modest yet highly effective; his subtly forceful playing reaches back to Big Jim Robinson and forward to Eddie Condon’s reliable Cutty Cutshall. But the star of this set is his band, swinging, energetic, but capable of sweet, soft jazz as well. Many well-known American and European trad, New Orleans, Chicago or even Dixieland ensembles in this period seem like crude copies of the original styles. The tempos are often rushed; the volume is high; the rhythm section overemphatic. But Bue’s band glides rather than pounces. The overall approach and sound encompasses the New Orleans dance-hall music of Bunk Johnson and his contemporaries, but moves forward for affectionate homages to the Eddie Condon school and ultimately versions of timeless ‘’mainstream” of which Stanley Dance would have approved. Although the repertoire is familiar, the treatments are occasionally more modern than one might expect - a lengthy bass solo here, the sound of an amplified string bass elsewhere, a two-chorus single-string guitar solo that owes little to Crescent City banjo playing. Ideologues might choose to see the band's progress and change as the dilution of a ‘pure’ style, but the music is beautifully played, swinging and it politely knocks down the synthetic walls called ‘styles’ that some find indispensable. Listeners will find many surprises in this set: one hardly expects a band with this apparent orientation to perform the early Ellington classics Misty Morning”, "Stevedore Stomp” and ”Doin’ The Voom Voom”. That a substantial number of tracks pay homage to Louis Armstrong is to be expected, but a version of ”Listen to the Mocking Bird” is not. There is also fine sweet singing of Genther Winckler, ”the Danish Bing Crosby” (more like Perry Como) who works well with his hot colleagues, especially on "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now”. Trumpeter Finn Otto Hansen, clarinetist Jorgen Svare, banjoist Bjarne ”Liller” Petersen, bassist Jens Solund and drummer Knud Ryskov Madsen are among the regular members of Bue’s band and they are fine soloists and generous ensemble players. Many jazz listeners confine themselves to the famous musicians they already know well; these recordings would impress for their musical value alone. And the sometimes-unfamiliar names should remind jazz listeners that wonderful music is being played globally by musicians who never win polls. The set is greatly enhanced by the liner notes of veteran jazz writer Chris Albertson, a Dane himself (known for his biography of Bessie Smith, liner notes, sessions he has produced and blog Stomp Off in C). His casual yet erudite essay makes good reading on its own. A tribute to the masterful and friendly playing of the Bue band can be found in the American visitors eager to work and record with it, each one impressive: clarinetist George Lewis, trumpeter/ singer Wingy Manone, blues singer Champion Jack Dupree, clarinetist Edmond Hall and pianist Art Hodes. The standout here is cornetist Wild Bill Davison (who lived for a time in Denmark) featured on 13 '70s tracks. Davison was always an energetic player, but one who tended to repeat his solos on familiar songs. With Bue, he swoops and dives, inventing new variations at every turn - a tribute to how the band inspired him. Although some listeners might not have heard of Bue and his colleagues, they will find this set a consistent pleasure.” Michael Steinman, NYCJR

Tracklisting

  1. You Always Hurt The One You Love
  2. Franklin Street Blues
  3. Bourbon Street Parade
  4. My Mama Rocks Me
  5. All The Girls Go Crazy
  6. Stockyard Strut
  7. Bogalusa Strut
  8. Thriller Rag
  9. High Society
  10. Maryland, My Maryland
  11. Mary Wore A Golden Chain
  12. Silver Threads Among The Gold
  13. You Always Hurt The One You Love
  14. Isle Of Capri
  15. When The Saints Go Marching In
  16. The Old Spinning Wheel
  17. Schlafe Mein Prinschen
  18. Det Var På Frederiksberg
  19. Beautiful Dreamer
  20. Oh Sole Mio
  21. Maple Leaf Rag
  22. White Cliffs Of Dover
  23. Dark Eyes
  24. On A Little Bamboo Bridge
  25. Cibiribin
  26. Walking With The King
  27. Lazy River
  28. Bonanza
  29. Annie Laurie
  30. Tweed And Tropical
  31. Careless Love
  32. Mama Don't Allow
  33. Li'l Liza Jane
  34. Yes Sir, That's My Baby
  35. Finn Air
  36. Sibiria
  37. Listen To The Mockingbird
  38. Just A Gigolo
  39. Corrine Corina
  40. Wingy's Travelling Blues
  41. Sister Kate
  42. When It's Sleepy Time Down South
  43. St. Louis Blues
  44. Ed's Blues
  45. Struttin' With Some Barbecue
  46. Blueberry Hill
  47. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
  48. Black And Blue
  49. When You Are Smiling
  50. She Lost It At Astor
  51. Miller Stomp
  52. The Olsen Gang Theme
  53. Bye And Bye
  54. Hello Wingy
  55. 2:19 Blues
  56. Down By The Riverside
  57. Tailgate Ramble
  58. The Entertainer
  59. Misty Morning
  60. Doin' The Voom Voom
  61. Beale Street Blues
  62. Sweet Georgia Brown
  63. Runnin' Wild
  64. China Boy
  65. Old Fashioned Love
  66. Blue Turning Grey Over You
  67. Creole Love Call
  68. Our Monday Date
  69. St. James Infirmary
  70. Rosetta
  71. Bye And Bye
  72. My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
  73. I'm Sittin' On Top Of The World
  74. I Wonder Who's Kissin' Her Now
  75. All That Meat And No Potatoes
  76. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
  77. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
  78. Stevedore Stomp
  79. Lazy River
  80. What A Wonderful World