The Banjo Kings


The Banjo Kings, Vol. 1

  • Release Date: 27 Jun 1999
  • GTJCD-12015-2

The banjo was once part of the rhythm section family during jazz's infancy and developmental phase (Armstrong's, Ellington's, and Jelly Roll Morton's bands all used it). The metal-stringed, wiry-sounding instrument of African invention would be supplanted by the guitar, initially unamplified, then electric. The Trad Jazz Revival of the 1940s helped bring banjoists back to the bandstand and the recording studio; in the Fifties, the Old-Time Music/Ragtime boomlet added to the banjo's upsurge in… MORE