b. London , 29 April 1942
Of all the “honorary” New Orleans citizens who happen to come from England,Sammy Rimington is perhaps the most lyrically musical. A graceful and highlycreative master of New Orleans jazz, he came to prominence with Ken Colyer´s Jazzmen around 1960 and worked regularly with them thereafter, as well as with like-minded musicians countrywide in Britain, Europe and America. In 1965 he moved to the USA, worked with “Red” Allen, Zutty Singleton, Herman Autrey and others, and soon after moved to New Orleans, where he replaced Butch Thompson in the Hall Brother´s Band, recorded with Kid Thomas (George Lewis shared the session) and regularly collaborated with visitors like Don Ewell and Max Morath. After returning to Europe he worked with Barry Martyn, formed his jazz-rock band Armada, and worked around Britain and Europe with, among others, George Webb (1973), Martyn´s Legendes of Jazz (1974), Duke Burell (1974-5) and Chris Barber (1977-79). By 1995 he had played and recorded with every American and European New Orleans -style jazzman of note, an like a small number of other great British reedmen (eg Tubby Hayes and Pete King) his name had become a promise of quality and flair. “It´s very difficult to express my feelings for this kind of music,” says Rimington, “but I know after years of playing and experience that it´s one of the most difficult forms of music to play well, due to it´s simplicity and relaxed rhythmic feel. I prefer the music to be free but, controlled ... also not to be restricted and tied down to sounding like a particular band on record.” DF
When I Leave The World Behind (1963; Lake). Colyer´s greatest band, with Geoff Cole and Rimington , playing a programme of New Orleans standards, rags and spirituals.
The Exciting Sax Of Sammy Rimington (1986-91; Progressive). Working with just a rhythm-section, Rimington´s solo powers are captured at length here.
JAZZ - THE ROUGH GUIDE
The Essential companion 1995