BEN COHEN with BRIAN WHITE’S MAGNA JAZZ BAND – REMEMBERING BEN COHEN
Artist: BEN COHEN with BRIAN WHITE’S MAGNA JAZZ BAND
This is the first release in Lake’s new LIMITED EDITION series. These are CDs of music or musicians which are not expected to be volume sales, but which deserve to be heard. They will appeal to collectors and completists as well as general buyers. This CD is dedicated to cornet player Ben Cohen. He came to public attention when he joined Chris Barber’s New Orleans Jazz Band in 1950. From 1950 until his death in 2002 Ben Cohen became highly regarded as a fiery ‘hot’ player in the early Louis Armstrong mould. He played in the bands of Alex Revell, Cy Laurie, Ian Bell, The Temperance Seven, Mike Daniels and many others. Keith Nichols used him on his recreations of 1920s bands. Ben Cohen recorded for LAKE as a member of the Sonny Dee All Stars and Laurie Chescoe’s Goodtime Jazz. This CD sees him with Brian White’s Magna Jazz Band on previously unreleased tracks from 1979, 1984 and 1987. It is good, swinging jazz in the Chicago style and shows why Ben Cohen was so well regarded by musicians and jazz fans alike.
I’m Gonna Gitcha; Working Man Blues; Milneberg Joys; Stockyard Strut; I’m Down In the Dumps; Don’t Forget To Mess Around; Weeping Willow Blues; Struttin’ With Some Barbeque; See See Rider; Put ‘Em Down Blues; Pleading For The Blues; Chatanooga Stomp; Keyhole Blues; Down In Honky Tonk Town; Georgia Bo Bo; You Made Me Love You When I Saw You Cry; New Orleans Stomp.