Barnes-Bocage Big Five 1954
American Music  AMCD-141   Released: 06/01/2019


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This is a new re-mastered CD release of Jim McGarrell's 1954 recording of a New Orleans dance band. It is one of our favorite sessions from that period. With the improved sound quality and the additional photos for the booklet we are very pleased to introduce this “back-in-print” item. Thanks to Mike Casimir and Dave Bennett for their help in making this release possible and most of all we thank Jim McGarrell for making the music available to us.

Peter Bocage and Emile Barnes, in spite of being two very different types of musicians, fit remarkably well together and make a great musical team. The guitar-playing of Homer Eugene (his only recording on that instrument) is superb and adds another dimension to this band. Eddie Dawson's powerful bass playing and Albert Jiles' unique drum style round out the rhythm section.


  • Emile Barnes (cl)
  • Peter Bocage (tp)
  • Homer Eugene (amp gtr)
  • Eddie Dawson (sb)
  • Albert Jiles (dms)


  • When I Grow Too Old To Dream
  • Rat's Blues
  • When My Sugar Walks Down The Street
  • Sheik Of Araby
  • Haltin' The Blues
  • Toot Toot Tootsie (Goodbye)
  • I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
  • Holler Blues
  • My Blue Heaven
  • Down In Honky Tonk Town
  • Mama Inez
  • Sheik Of Araby (Alt-1)
  • I Can't Dance (1)
  • I Can't Dance (2)
  • I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter (Alt-1)
  • Down In Honky Tonk Town (Alt-1)
  • Toot Toot Tootsie (Goodbye) (Alt-1)
  • When My Sugar Walks Down The Street (Alt-1)
  • Down In Honky Tonk Town (Alt-2)

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