In 1961, Don Reitan was playing at a Biloxi, MS watering hole tongue in cheek named Chez Joey. The owner called in an engineer from New Orleans to record Reitan's quintet in performance. For the next 38 years, the tapes were kept by the drummer of the group, Lee Charlton. They have finally been released but without much fanfare or to do. ADVERTISEMENT
This CD is the rest of a live performance of the Don Reitan Quintet at the Chez Joey in Biloxi, MS in 1961. The first part of the session is on Vol. 1. This group of young performers were helping to introduce the style of music being played by Art Blakey Messengers and other progressive jazz groups. There are a few important differences between this volume and the first. The latter had five originals by Reitan, here there is only one. The rest of the play list features standards and what were to become jazz standards by Horace Silver and Frank Foster.
In 1961, Don Reitan was playing with his quintet at a Biloxi, MS, watering hole with the tongue in cheek name of Chez Joey. In a fit of foresight, the owner had an engineer record Reitan's quintet in performance. But for the next 38 years, the tapes lay dormant with drummer Lee Charlton. They have finally been released but without much fanfare.
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Ms-sippi Cookin', Vol. 1: Live at the Chez Joey. Ms-sippi Cookin', Vol.
Artist: Don Reitan Quintet Title: Ms-Sippi Cookin’ Vo. Players: Don Reitan – Piano Mike Serpas – Trumpet Jay Cave – Bass Rick Bell – Tenor Saxophone Lee Charlton – Drums Featuring Jackie Henderson – Vocals. This CD is in some ways a landmark. It is a culmination of sorts of fifteen years of modern jazz on the Gulf Coast. The charts and ensemble work are relentlessly funky, showing the influence of the Jazz Messengers and Horace Silver’s groups. The intended album was never made, but the master has been in the hands of Lee Charlton for the past 38 years. It has been a dream of Charlton to release these tapes to the public. Don Reitan, along with so many great players, is unfortunately no longer with us.
This long-awaited release of the Don Reitan Quintet exults in the spirit of early '60's Gulf Coast jazz, when the scene was truly happening! A great performance recorded live at Chez Joey by: Don Reitan, piano. Kudos for Cookin' ! "Serpas. soars on the up-tempo Out & Out and is outstanding on loping, down-home renditions of Somebody Loves Me and Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy. if Bix had lived to play modern jazz, on a good day he would have sounded like this.