New Orleans greatest brass band was recorded at the Belkoma Dance Salon in 1951 by two young jazz enthusiasts, Alden Ashforth & David Wyckoff, and issued on a Pax label LP. The Pax LP included two glorious funeral dirges (a Eureka Brass Band specialty) – West Lawn Dirge and Garland of Flowers.
We have added two uptempo tracks — Sweet Fields and Panama — from a 1956 rehearsal session recorded by Sam Charters.
The cover photo was taken by Bill Russell. Photos from the recording session, courtesy of Alden Ashforth, are reproduced and included on an insert that comes with the LP. This is New Orleans brass band music at its very best.