Abe Lincoln & The Rampart Street Paraders - Their 18 Finest
“The most sophisticated, the most gloriously fashioned – and, for some, the best – Dixieland jazz on record”.
That is jazz maestro Digby Fairweather’s verdict on these joyous performances by the great jazz trombonist who is not, perhaps, nearly as famous as his name. Abe Lincoln has, remarkably, not had a solo CD prior to this Retrospective survey of his finest work with Matty Matlock’s Rampart Street Paraders during the mid-50s. Nearly 80 minutes covers 18 titles that include both familiar favourites (The Sheik Of Araby, Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble . . .) and little-known numbers (The March Of The Mustangs, Peruna . . .). This team of supreme Dixie stylists – tenorist Eddie Miller, trumpeters Clyde Hurley and Dick Cathcart, guitarist George Van Eps, drummer Nick Fatool and others – produces pure gold for anyone with a taste for traditional jazz. President Abraham Lincoln once said: “Whatever you are, be a good one.” Well, Abe Lincoln was certainly one good jazz trombonist.
“Abe Lincoln is one of the finest trombone players who ever lived and yet his recordings are quite hard to come by and he was in danger of disappearing off the radar altogether. The album features many other top-class performers too, almost a who's who of West Coast star jazz names. Eddie Miller contributes some characteristically gentle and tasteful solos in ballad mode, and there are polished performances from Clyde Hurley and later Dick Cathcart on trumpets. What with Matty Matlock's clarinet and a top class rhythm section the mixture adds up to some high octane freewheeling Dixieland jazz. I commend prime movers Ray Crick and Dave Hewett (himself a super trombone player) for bringing their idea of resurrecting this material to reality and Digby Fairweather for producing such a well researched and informative sleeve note. Well done all, this is one to cherish.” Roger Marks, Just Jazz – January 2016