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Audio CD, Import, April 23, 2002
The early '80s were a great time to be sampling the delights of London's pub & club life with bands like the Bluecoat Men regularly tearing up the joint. But few could get anywhere near Diz & The Doormen - ask Dr. John - he'll tell you.
Cut in London's Camden Town, this album was highly rated in New Orleans. Lee Allen & Walter Kimble from Fats Domino's band play on four of the cuts, as well as great U.K. pianist Geraint Watkins.
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Bluecoat Man - Diz & The Doormen - Ace Records
Do you like heavy duty New Orleans R & B? You like heavy duty Professor Longhair/Champion Jack Dupree style piano? Then ya gotta buy this album, that's all there is to it.
Diz's album is one of the finest New Orleans styled albums I have heard by anybody, regardless of vintage or period. The Doormen, supplemented by plenty of honkin' tenor saxes (Lee Allen, the greatest of them all pops up on about four tracks here) makes this sound like a Saturday afternoon at Cosimo's. Great sound, some really truly spirited performances here and a classic example of Diz's cool boogie woogie style on "Swanee River Jump" (my favourite track along with "You're drivin me crazy" and four or five others!) makes this album you cannot, under any circumstances, live one more moment without. Diz Watson, you're my new hero!!! ACE strikes again!
Album Features these noted and legendary musicians:
Lee Allen, Roger Lewis and Walter Kimble - Sax's (from Fats Domino Band)
Pete Thomas - Sax's
Don Weller - Sax's
Keiran O'Connor - Drums
Pete Scott - Bass
Ron Kavana - Guitar
Craig Mackie - Guitar
Andy Macdonald - Sax
Guest Performances from : Aubrey Bryan - Steel Pan. Kemis - Conga. Geraint Watkins - Bones. Charlie Hart - Accordion. Lance Eliington -Trombone.
Produced by Charlie Hart, Engineered by Vic Keary
Recorded at Chalk Farm Studios, London.