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Spats Langham is no stranger to the LAKE Records catalogue either through his own CDs with his Hot Combination (LACDs228 and 274) his collaborations with Martin Litton and Malcolm Sked (LACDs 226 and 287)and his guest appearances on other CDs. The group he probably does most work with is Hot Fingers: Spats on vocals, guitar, banjo and ukulele, Danny Blyth on guitar, mandolin, clarinets and vocals, Malcolm Sked on double and brass basses. Added to the ... [MORE]
Dick Charlesworth led a very successful band during the Trad Jazz era.This CD includes the first recordings the band ever made in 1957 and conclude with a fine set recorded for 77 Records in 1959 prior to the band signing with the major HMV label. The band plays lively, good-time Jazz and demonstrates why it became popular. [MORE]
Music from Jeff Barnhart's new Fats Waller Show.Jeff Barnhart is a stride pianist par excellence. Fats Waller must surely be his passion – he even sings like him. so said the magazine Jazz Rag. No slavish copyist Jeff has assmebled a superb little band to play his interpretations of the great man's music.The band Jeff has assembled features his long-time musical partner in the UK, reed-player, John Hallam, and the outstanding young trumpeter, Jamie ... [MORE]
This album represents some of the finest acoustic jazz from the 1950s, played by one of the British Jazz scene’s great eccentrics, maverick,cartoonist, broadcaster, and individual guitar player, William 'Diz' Disley. He fulfilled and ambition to have a group based on Django Reinhardt’s famous Quintette Du Hot Club De France and formed his String Quintet around 1956 mainly to play for his own enjoyment, but “we found after a season as interval group at the ... [MORE]
One of the legendary bands of the British Jazz Revival of the 1940s. It contained several musicians who went on to have leading roles on the Jazz scene: Ken Colyer, Monty Sunshine, John RT Davies, Sonny Morris. The disbanded in the 1950s then reformed in the 1970s. This recording, part of the collection of recordings made by Allan Gilmour at the Dancing Slipper in Nottingham, features the band honouring a gig shortly after Ken Colyer died. It is a typical ... [MORE]
This CD is a compilation of quite rare tracks charting some subtle but siginficant changes in the Chris Barber Band. Ian Wheeler (who died in 2011)joined in 1961 and brought Alto Sax and Harmonica into the band. John Slaughter (who died in 2010) brought the Blues Guitar to the band in 1965. The choice of material is the usual Chris Barber eclectic mix. [MORE]
Ray Foxley made his first recordings in the 1940s but came to national recognition when he joined Ken Colyer's Jazzmen in 1957. He became labelled as a Ragtime pianist, but there was always much more to Ray than that. He was a composer of some merit and yet rarely made recordings on his own and rarely featuring his own material. This CD recorded in 1988, but never issued until now amply showcases Ray's ability with Ragtime, some standard Jazz material and ... [MORE]
Scotland's most popular Traditional Jazz band with 53 tracks from their heyday. The band was comparatively short-lived, but they packed constant touring the length and breadth of Britain into their life-span. This collection combines their early recordings with their complete output for the prestigious Pye label and includes guest singer Lonnie Donegan as well as their regular vocalist, Fionna Duncan. Included in the set is their hit single SALTY DOG. [MORE]
John Hallam and Ian Bateman had worked together with the LAKE Records Jazz Band and on the 1930s Jazz Recording Project and had harboured a desire to do a CD together. As two of the finest exponents of their chosen instruments in the UK it seems to be an ideal partnership. The session was very relaxed and the outcome is a CD of pure class. Tom Kincaid's Trio proved to be the ideal backing group. [MORE]
A triple CD set for the price of one!
There have been any number of compilations along the line of 'Trad Greats' or 'Trad Favourites' which often seem like re-workings of the same material. This collection is an attempt to tell the story of the Traditional Jazz musical genre in the UK which had a pre-history in the 1930s, got properly underway in the 1940s and grew to be at the forefront of popular music during the 1950s and early 1960s. As well as ... [MORE]
It is a long time since a really top quality traditional style Jazz band appeared on the scene, but the Bateman brothers (Ian Alan) have formed one. The band is based around reworking the material of the Louis Armstrong All Stars of the 1950s. All the musicians are top quality: Ian Bateman - Trombone Alan Bateman - Trumpet Trevor Whiting - Reeds Craig Milverton - Piano John Day - bass Steve Rushton - Drums plus Maggie Reeday - Vocals. The band captures ... [MORE]
In the legacy of recordings left by Humphrey Lyttelton there are one or two absolute gems of albums which tend to get overlooked. The LP 'HUMPH MEETS CAB' from 1960 is one such. It features the singer Cab Kaye (himself very neglected as far a recordings are concerned) who has a style reminiscent of Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis and, even, Billie Holiday. The original album forms the basis of this CD and it features Humph in a quartet setting with just his ... [MORE]
Another DOUBLE CD brings us up to 1960 with the DSCB. There is no previously unreleased material here, but there are some very rare tracks which only appeared on EPs. DSCB CDs are some of the most popular in our catalogue. The Peter Schilperoort is back in charge and with Oscar Klein (trumpet) and Dick Kaart (trombone) in the front line plus the usual excellent rhythm section you can be sure the playing is top class as always. [MORE]
Before her retirement in 1966 Ottilie Patterson had only one Jazz LP devoted to her, 'CHRIS BARBER'S BLUES BOOK'. This release sees that original album of classic blues, R'n'B material and a couple of her own compositions, enhanced with some previously unreleased tracks, four tracks from the 'OTTILIE SWINGS THE IRISH' EP and three tracks which only had limited release in the past. Ottilie's previous LAKE release, LACD244 in one of LAKE's all time best ... [MORE]
The wonderful Alex Welsh Band and Alex's friends are guitarist, Diz Disley, trombonist, George Chisholm, singer, Beryl Bryden and bass saxophonist, Harry Gold. All legends of British Jazz. The set is of previously unreleased 'live' material and very well recorded. Several of the tunes Alex never recorded commercially. Alex never had a bad band and these recordings from 1958-1960 reveal the band on exceptionally good form - lovely playing by Archie Semple, ... [MORE]
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Very few Trad Jazz albums were what we would now call 'concept' albums. An exception was this classic one from 1960 which was devoted to Ragtime tunes. The band adopts a variety of approaches ranging from a strictly 'as written' one to treating the melody like any other jazz tune with plenty of scope for improvisation. The original LP set is enhanced by some tunes previously ... [MORE]
The roots of Chris Barber's Band lay in Ken Colyer's Jazzmen in 1953. During the 1980s a series of reunion concerts took place. Usually they involved the original 1953 line-up but some featured just Ken Colyer with the band. That configuration never formally recorded and, until recently when these recordings came to light, there were no known concert recordings. Ken Colyer, a legend in New Orleans Jazz in the UK, although suffering illness during that ... [MORE]
DOUBLE CD FOR THE PRICE OF A SINGLE
The first CD is of a concert to mark the band's 10th anniversary in 1958 and again features the singer, Neva Raphaelo.
The second CD is a set of studio recorded tunes marking the return to the band, after a couple of years absence, of the leader, Peter Schilperoort.
There is also the added bonus of four tracks from a very rare EP by the Dim Kesber Quartet. [MORE]
The Merseysippi Jazz Band is the UK's longest serving Jazz Band. Formed in 1949 it is still going strong. The compilation is made up of tracks from the Decca archives (their appearance at the Royal Festival Hall in 1955)and from the archives of the legendary small UK Jazz label Esquire. The nmuber of records they made for Esquire is testament to their popularity. Also featured are singers Bery Bryden and Clinton Ford. [MORE]
Debbie Arthurs is at the forefront of the burgeoning interest in the popular music of the 1920s and 1930s both as leader of The Charleston Chasers and, as here, with her own group, Sweet Rhythm. Her main influence is Annette Hanshaw – the ‘Personality Girl’. She possess excellent taste, effortless swing as well as perfect intonation and flawless phrasing in the style of her chosen era. She is, however, no mere copyist. She delivers with style, panache and ... [MORE]
Three of the most popular performers on the UK Jazz Club and Festival circuit, Spats Langham (guitar, banjo and vocal), Martin Litton (piano) and Malcolm Sked (Double Bass, Sousaphone) present a highly entertaining programme of 1920s and 30s music. As three of the most skilled players around this is music of the highest quality. . [MORE]
Instead of simply recreating Louis Armstrong performances Ken Mathieson's thoughtful and cleverly constructed new arrangements of tunes associated with the legendary trumpeter for his superb little band avoid simply re-treading old ground. He has added a guest, the hugely talented American trumpet player, Duke Heitger, to put his own exquisite stamp on them. As Just Jazz magazine commented `these are fine musicians…this line-up is so strong that there is ... [MORE]
Volume 1 (LACD199) proved to be one of our best selling Cy Laurie CDs. Volume 2 also comes from tapes recorded at The Dancing Slipper in Nottingham in 1968 and, again, has good quality sound to enhance the atmosphere generated by this stomping little band. Four bonus tracks are from Cy's last recordings for a major label in 1958 [MORE]