In Search Of King Oliver is exactly what this album is about. In search of the true sound of the band was the goal.
Renowned sound engineer, Robert Parker, music enthusiast and consultant, Will Allen, and musician Don Vappie came together in this project to capture the sound of this classic 1923 band with modern day recording technology. The result is a wonderfully clear and pristine version of King Oliver's arrangements performed in the same spirit of New Orleans.
Allen took care of logistics, Parker gathered his recording equipment and Vappie arranged 18 of the compositions from the band's 1923 classic recording. It was initially a recreation but since none of us believe in the possibility of "re-creating", especially Vappie, the band played in the same spirit of what it means to be a New Orleans musician. However, the musicians all played vintage instruments, which is what really gives this album it's uniqueness.
The cornets used were of 1890 vintage. The clarinet was circa 1930, as were the drums. The banjo was a 1921 6-string Vega Tubaphone. And, the string bass was early 1900's vintage.
If you've loved King Oliver''s Classic 1923 recording, we know you will appreciate this wonderful CD.