Samuel 'Sammy' Rimington (b. April 29, 1942, in Paddock Wood, Kent), is an English jazz reed player. He has been an active New Orleans jazz revivalist since the late 1950s. Rimington played with Barry Martyn in 1959. He started to become a professional musician in 1960 when he joined the band of Ken Colyer. He stayed with Ken Colyer until 1965. That year he moved to the United States, and worked with Big Bill Bissonnette's Easy Rider Jazz Band and the very famous December Band. He made some jazz fusion recordings early in the 1970s, but most of his work has been in the New Orleans jazz vein, playing with Louis Nelson, Big Jim Robinson, Chris Barber, Kid Thomas Valentine, Captain John Handy, and others. He has recorded extensively as a bandleader since the early 1960s. Sammy Rimington's main influences were George Lewis on clarinet and Captain John Handy on altosax. In 2010 Sammy has been doing gigs with heavy metal/fusion/jazz drummer Anders Johansson from HammerFall/Yngwie Malmsteen fame.
15 of the tunes on this CD were recorded in Copenhagen in 1974, 12 of which were originally released on LP. In addition, there are two live numbers from 1997, making a total of 17 tunes on this 56-min. CD. Sammy Rimington is an English clarinetist who plays in the best George Lewis/John Handy New Orleans tradition. On both sessions on this CD, Rimington is solidly backed by the prominent Danish Dixieland drummer Søren ”Doc” Houlind. There is a wonderful variety of music performed on this CD, including ancient New Orleans classics like John Handy’s ”Cap’s Blues”, French gypsy jazz guitar master Django Reinhardt’s ”Nuages”, popular tunes like ”Red Sails In the Sunset”, and religious songs like ”An Evening Prayer”. The intense drive and outstanding musicianship on this CD is a joy to hear – it is New Orleans music at its best.