Thank you, Hugh. The on-line edition of the Times obituary now
contains several affectionate tributes to Alan. I always feel that he
was insufficiently recorded, even with the Temperance Seven. I
believe there was a trio session recorded for VJM, long since
unavailable and, so far, not reissued on CD. Anyone interested might
like to look into a CD on Jazz Crusade JCCD 3209 by Johnny Parker's
Reunion Band, a live session made at the 100 Club in 1984 by a pick-
up band that imaginatively placed Cooper alongside Ken Colyer.
Cooper's playing throughout is beautiful, especially on Careless
Love. As the Times obituarist writes, he admitted to no especial
single influence but his playing had something of the delicacy of
the "creole" players mixed in with his own eccentric and highly
individual approach. He was definitely an original and derivative of
no-one. At a gig I once saw him pondering a postcard sent from New
Orleans and depicting the Preservation Hall Band. "To us" he said to
no-one in particular, "they all sound like George Lewis, and to them
we all sound like Acker Bilk." Evidently, "they" were yet to hear
--- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com, Hugh <hughphoric@...> wrote:
> I very much agree with Robert's assessment of 'Coops'. His clarinet
solo on the Temp's Charley My Boy still fascinates me.
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Robert Greenwood <robertgreenwood_54uk@...>
> To: RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Saturday, August 25, 2007 10:04:06 AM
> Subject: [RedHotJazz] Alan Cooper
> In this morning's edition of The London Times there is an obituary
for the clarinettist Alan
> Cooper, who has died aged 76. Cooper was, in my opinion, the finest
traditional/ vintage jazz
> clarinettist ever to come out of the UK.
> Robert Greenwood.
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