Algiers Brass Band
New Orleans Street Parade Series
1 Lord, Lord, Lord
2 Joe Avery's Blues
3 Oh Didn't He Ramble
5 Wonderful World: Vocal: Joseph "Toot" Smith
6 Bourbon St. Parade: Vocal: Walter Moore
7 Lay My Burden Down
8 Whooping Blues
9 Happy Feet Blues
11 Just a Little While to Stay: Vocal: Walter Moore
12 Down Home Blues: Vocal: Walter Moore
13 Hey Pocky Way
14 Good Evening Friends
Ruddley Thibodeaux:Trumpet, Leader
Walter Moore: Trombone
Joseph "Toot" Smith: Clarinet
Joe Williams: Bass Drum
Sidney Wyche: Saxophone
Frank "Jo Friday" Bedell: Sousaphone
Ferdinand "Nippy" Polite: Snare Drum
During the 1990 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival,
the Algiers Brass Band performed with Danny Barker at Kingsley House for a
Jazz Workshop sponsored by the Festival.
The band sounded great and I asked Danny Barker what he thought of
the Algiers Brass Band. Never
being one to mince words, Mr. Barker answered, "Best damned brass band
in New Orleans." At that
point, I immediately asked my old friend Ruddley Thibodeaux, the leader of
the band, to schedule a recording session.
Two years later, the session finally took place. The saying goes that good things take time. This was a great session, so the saying
still holds true.
The listener must remember that the Algiers Brass Band likes
to stay close to the old brass band style. They will also throw in some funky
stuff and a nice taste of Gospel, just to let us know that The Algiers Brass
Band understands many of the feelings that make up New Orleans jazz. The Algiers
Brass Band brings you a great, throbing rhythm section; a high energy brass
section and a reed section that gives feeling to the music.
For those of you not familiar with the name "Algiers",
I should tell you that Algiers is a neighborhood of New Orleans.
It is located on the "West" bank of the Mississippi River,
which, of course, is east of the city.
Just take my word for it, we understand.
Algiers has always existed as a fairly independent entity, even though
it is a part of New Orleans. It
has the same mayor, but that is about as far as it goes in identity with the
main part of the city. The living
on the "West Bank" is a bit freer and music has always been a part
of the culture.
Now that the Algiers Brass Band is getting worldwide recognition,
Algiers as a city can stand a bit taller. The band has toured Germany, Switzerland,
Italy, Japan and played for many festivals in the United States.
The next few years will surely see the Algiers Brass Band gain even
We all hope that you enjoy the music contained in this recording,
but even moreso, we hope that you get to visit New Orleans and enjoy our "Crescent
City" culture, which includes the food, history, architecture, and the