Albert’s Blues & The 44 Gerard Street Session


Albert Nicholas – Albert’s Blues & The 44 Gerard Street Session

This is a reissue of an original album on Doug Dobell’s legendary 77 label, based at the famous Charing Cross Road Record Shop. Albert Nicholas was a favourite of Doug and John Jack, Cadillac founder, and one of the great jazz originators – he played with Jelly Roll Morton and others before settling in Europe. This release includes unissued material, and a complete live session, never before released, recorded on acetate by Doug, of Albert and the Humphrey Lyttelton Band playing at an all night dive in London’s China Town in the ’50s. Includes newly commissioned artwork and unseen photos. One for the collector and music lover!

credits

Tape transfers and mastering by Casper Sutton-Jones at Gearbox Records
Sleeve notes by Mike Gavin
Original sleeve note Ian Christie
Original artwork by Ski Williams
Photograph of Albert Nicholas by Val Wilmer
Photograph of the Gerrard Street basement band by Ian Jennings (thanks to Gerard Bielderman for permission to use this picture, originally printed in his Humphrey Lyttleton discography)
Design and image editing by David Ilic
Executive producer Mike Gavin/Cadillac Records
Many thanks to Martin Davidson for original transfers and to Charlie Crump for advice and support

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