CRITICS TOP 10 CHOICE 2014 - Jazz Journal International
This unique compilation of early Armstrong features classic tracks with Bessie Smith,Fletcher Henderson, King Oliver,Clarence Williams and Sidney Bechet. It includes many of the ground-breaking tracks that, with the ambitious influence of his wife Lil, showed the young Armstrong changing the face of jazz. A generous 74 minutes and 51 seconds playing time. [MORE]
The Elegant Thirties follows directly on from The Roaring Twenties - URCD249. The cover design is in keeping with the travel bug that gripped the well healed in this elegant decade of foxtrots and foie gras.
Graham Dalby and The London Swing Orchestra have spent twenty-five years performing around the world from Berlin to Hong Kong and back again, and on this CD they capture perfectly the swing an razzamatazz of the age! [MORE]
Re-engineered version now in the shops and available by Mail Order!
This CD celebrates the unique talent of Cliff 'Ukulele Ike' Edwards, pioneer of an instrument once again in fashion, the ukulele, and one of the first true crooners. ‘Ukulele Ike’, as Edwards became known, was an entertainer whose inimitable style exuded a quality rare in today’s jaundiced world: charm. Edwards was a prolific recording artist in the 20s and 30s - by ... [MORE]
2012 marks the release of the first of four albums spanning the 1920’s to the 1960’s - a really comprehensive anthology of pre-electric music, starting with THE ROARING TWENTIES. Graham Dalby and the London Swing Orchestra (formerly the Grahamaphones) celebrate their 25th anniversary in style! The album reflects an era of great change - of millionaires like Gatsby and murderous thugs like Dutch Schultz and how the music transcended Prohimition, the Wall ... [MORE]
This historic concert has been treasured by George Lewis fans for many years, and now we here at Upbeat are proud to announce the first UK release of this landmark recording of the Lewis band at its exciting digitally remastered best! An essential double-album for all lovers of authentic New Orleans music. This si the fifth release in our landmark George Lewis series.
By the mid-50s the band often performed on the college concert circuit for their ... [MORE]
In all of jazz’s turbulent history there have been few instrumentalist / performers who personified showmanship more than Louis Prima. In a positive way he brought many essential elements of New Orleans music to a wider public long before the roots of the so-called ‘Revival’ ever took shape. This CD traces the evolution of his charismatic talent, covering the years 1933 –1955, and includes rare tracks that have not been heard for many years.
Glorious album including the never-before released hilarious recording of her public wedding ceremony conducted by fellow gospel star Reverend Kelsey before an audience of 25,000 fans in Washington DC. A must have for all Tharpe fans!Sister Rosetta Tharpe was perhaps the first artist to make the successful crossover between gospel and secular blues, achieving international commercial success in both markets. Her unique style of guitar playing, especially ... [MORE]
This release offers one and a half LPs on a single CD – an amazing 74.54 minutes of great jazz!These sides were recorded by Kid Ory under his contract with Norman Granz for Verve when he was running On The Levee, his own club in San Francisco. Trumpeter Marty Marsala and clarinettist Darnell Howard were both working at Club Hangover with Earl Hines at the time and were not regular members of Ory’s band but the relaxed feel of the albums they made ... [MORE]
This is the fourth in our series of 'Essential George Lewis' collections, this time focusing on two albums he recorded for Blue Note in 1954 and 1955. George Lewis had commenced a fruitful association with Blue Note in the 40s when they released his unforgettable 'Climax' session. By 1954 the New Orleans revival was in full swing, and the first album was recorded at a concert in Bakersfield, California in May 1954 when the band had no knowledge it was ... [MORE]
This new CD by one of modern music’s dynamic icons features many of Louis Jordan’s classic hits and also traces the progress of his career from his earliest appearances on record. It’s essential listening for those who want to hear the great vocalist/saxophonist at his best and learn what led to a transitional time in popular music and the present-day acclaim of Jordan’s music by a fresh generation. Guest artists Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby and Louis ... [MORE]
This is the third in Upbeat’s prestigious re-issue series of jazz pioneer George Lewis’s rarest material features two fine sessions that have not been available in the UK since the early 60s. The albums Blues from the Bayou and Doctor Jazz from 1959 have been collectors’ items for decades and represent George and the band on top form playing numbers they’d never previously recorded. As a bonus, one of their most popular sessions from 1953 has been ... [MORE]
In 1956 Norman Granz (manager of Oscar Peterson and promoter of Jazz At The Philharmonic) suddenly became interested in the older generation of jazzmen still active and signed up Kid Ory for a series of recordings for his record label, Verve.
This new Upbeat CD presents a long unavailable Verve album, The Kid From New Orleans, together with two tracks from Ory's guest appearance at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival and selections from a concert ... [MORE]
A new anthology of rare tracks by one of the true legends of New Orleans Jazz compiled by the respected musician and broadcaster, Mike Pointon. Bunk Johnson's re-emergence in the 1940s inspired a whole generation of young jazzmen throughout the world. This newly re-mastered selection reminds us what a vital link Bunk was to the very earliest days of jazz.
The CD and authoritative booklet gives a detailed insight into the life and work of a ... [MORE]
Humphrey Lyttleton's trumpet and clarinet are joined on this recording by the clarinet and soprano sax of jazz legend Claude Lutter. Featuring the original 'Bad Penny Blues' rhythm section Johnny Parker, Jim Bray and Stan Grieg. Re-mastered by Dave Bennett with notes by Humphrey Lytteltonand Peter Vacher. Recorded at Epsom Playhouse on 21st May 1985 - this is a gem not to be missed. [MORE]
This double CD contains two complete George Lewis albums from 1958 recorded under the prestigious supervision of Norman Granz - plus a first UK release of an album by Alton Purnell.The first LP, 'The Perennial George Lewis', holds a special place in the hearts of many Lewis enthusiasts while the second LP, 'Oh Didn't He Ramble' (issued in the UK as a 10” album 'Raggin' And Stompin' and EP “New Orleans Memories”) is somewhat less well known but equal in ... [MORE]
2 original LPs on one CD! Recorded 1953 and 1955 - re-mastered by Dave Bennett.
The Wilbur de Paris band was, and still is, quite unique. Each musician belonged to the classic era and had been associated with the absolute greats: Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford, Sidney Bechet and Cab Calloway for example. Their energy and vitality, combined with natural swing and embodiment of the whole classic jazz culture, ... [MORE]
Oh,Mr Jelly!, Upbeat’s latest addition to their acclaimed Portrait series, offers an essential overview of legendary jazz pioneer Jelly Roll Morton’s recorded output. This comprehensive album by one of jazz’s most influential figures includes several of his ground-breaking arrangements for his Red Hot Peppers as well as examples of Mr Jelly’s sparkling piano solos and moving vocals. It provides an ideal introduction to Morton’s innovative work and is ... [MORE]
The three Bs all together on one album - recorded by the BBC at their famous JAZZ BAND BALL sessions. Re-issued and re-packaged by popular demand. (Formerly URCD166).
At The Jazz Band Ball was a popular BBC programme aimed at listeners overseas, broadcast from Bush House in London and recorded onto transcription discs for world-wide syndication. This is the first time they have been heard since the 1960s! Bands on volume two are the legendary 3 Bs - ... [MORE]
This album Fifteen Years On was originally recorded in 1984 and was the first release on the newly formed Pasadena Roof Orchestra label. We are delighted to re-release it now in 2009. It is a collection of great titles, brilliantly performed by this renowned jazz orchestra.
Fifteen years on from what - you may ask? Well from the musical equivalent of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls - the discovery in a Manchester attic in 1969 of humdreds ... [MORE]
This is the one Lonnie fans have been waiting for! A superb album of Lonnie Donegan from the late 60s featuring his much loved hit single My Old Man's A Dustman plus some hidden treasures. All of Lonnie Donegan is presented here – music hall, fun, electric skiffle, blues and ballads and a lot of laughs. Much requested tracks that have not been available before appear in the second half of this album. [MORE]
The seventh in our acclaimed Portrait series - Johnny Dodds with fantastic bands that he played with throughout his career - King Oliver, Freddie Keppard, Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven, Jimmy Blythe, Dixieland Jug Blowers and also with his own Trio and Orchestra.....and much more....wonderful! [MORE]
George Lewis On Stage was recorded in July 1956 and features 12 tracks where Lewis is joined by Thomas Jefferson, Bob Thomas, Alton Purnell, Alcide 'Slow Drag' Pavageau and Joe Watkins.
George Lewis At Newport was recorded in July 1957 with similar personnel except Jack Willis replaces Thomas Jefferson, and Joe Robichaux replaces Alton Purnell. These 5 great tracks complete the album - 64 glorious minutes of Lewis at his best! [MORE]
24 tracks digitally remastered by Dave Bennett with notes by Mike Pointon. The late, great Humphrey Lyttelton with his own band and also featured with The Paseo Jazz Band. Released with the approval of Humph's Estate and family. A superb album - not to be missed. [MORE]
Ken Colyer's Allstars at Studio 51 Club in April and May 1972 celebrating the unique Colyer sound that remains so popular today. Here Ken is joined by Sammy Rimington clarinet, Barry Palser trombone, Peter Morcombe tenor banjo, Annie Hawkins bass, Colin Bowden drums. Volume 1 is on URCD217 [MORE]
10 tracks from the 1956 American Cavalier LP, featuring George Lewis with Thomas Jefferson (trumpet) Bob Thomas (trombone) Alton Purnell (piano and vocals)Alcide 'Slow Drag' Pavageau (String Bass)Joe Watkins (drums and vocals).
PLUS six tracks from 1957 where George is joined by Peter Stanton (cornet)Dick Oxtot (banjo) Barbara Dane (vocals) and Lelias Sharpton (bass) [MORE]