When Monty Sunshine left Chris Barber's band in December 1960 he had already built such a devoted following thay by the time his new band made its debut in March 1961 it was an instant attraction on the British club circuit and in Germany. This CD is the eagerly awaited second volume of treats from Monty and his bands dating from 1980 - 1991!Featuring Monty Sunshine, Alan Gresty, Eddie Blashfield, Barry Dew, Micky Ashman, Geoff Downs plus Tony Bagot and ... [MORE]
THIS IS THE ONE YOU'VE BEEN WAITING FOR ALL YEAR! Featuring Chris Barber, Monty Sunshine and Lonnie Donegan two more tracks from the brilliant 1954 RFH tapes
PLUS 8 great tracks from the Colston Hall 1956 featuring Ian Wheeler and Mac Duncan
PLUS 4 more from the Dancing Slipper 1960 featuring Sammy Rimington and Graham Stewart.
68.31 minutes in all! WOW!
Volume 1 is on URCD198
'The music on this CD is important listening for ... [MORE]
Compiled and notated by the eminent broadcaster and writer Mike Pointon, this is the fifth in our highly acclaimed Portrait series. This is the first CD to trace the background to the touring band that sustained Armstrong's world-wide fame. 21 tracks covering 75 minutes of glorious music from the one and only Sachmo. To paraphrase Alistair Cooke - 'Louis Armstrong is dead - I don't have to believe it if I don't want to.'
Our first ever release now re-released to celebrate our 100th CD! This has been a regular top seller since its first release in 1989!
CD includes .....'the remarkable original Waterloo Road which - in the great tradition of British pop cameos - manages to be spontaneous, catchy, comic and touching' - Manchester Evening News [MORE]
This recording from the classic line-up perhaps represents arguably Ken's best and most successful band at its peak. Recorded Dancing Slipper Early 1960 it features Ken Colyer, trumpet, vocal, Ian Wheeler, clarinet, alto sax, Brian Wooley clarinet (tracks 4,5) Mac Duncan, trombone, vocal, Ray Foxley, piano, Johnny Bastable, banjo, Ron Ward, bass, Colin Bowden, drums. Total running time is 71.36 minutes - can't be bad!
Volume 1 is on URCD149 and Volume ... [MORE]
1973-1975 was an unexpected and astonishing time for British traditional jazz - a re-awakening after the trad boom of the late 50s, and this CD was recorded at the height of this revival! It features The Mac Duncan Jazz Band with Sonny Morris Live at the Lord Napier plus the only recording of The Frantique Jazz Band recorded in August 1975
Four Stars from Manchester Evening News and Steve Millward.
Volume 1 is on URCD188 [MORE]
This unique album is a tribute to the flair, drive and professionalism that was Lonnie Donegan. He tells his life story in his own words and music in a 'live' recording made on 15th June 1994 at the 100 Club, Oxford Street.
Lonnie Donegan, vocals, guitar, banjo, 12 string guitar Paul Henry, guitar, electric guitar, backing vocals Nick Payne soprano sax, harmonica, flute, backing vocals Pete Oakman, electric bass, backing vocals Colin Bowden drums, ... [MORE]
Recorded live at the Purcell Room on 17th April 2004 in celebration of the life and music of Ken Colyer. A great souvenir of a first class evening in the company of a rare gathering of the surviving players from the second and third Ken Colyer Jazzmen - an all star line-up comprising Jim Holmes trumpet, Ed O'Donell trombone/vocal, Ian Wheeler clarinet, Acker Bilk clarinet/ vocal/dialogue, Stan Greig piano/drums, Ray Smith piano, ... [MORE]
These masters were lost and recently found. The sound quality is excellent and the recording superb. A must for every Colyer fan. Features introductions by Ken Colyer - the date of the event Ken's birthday 18th April 1954 - a memorable occasion in more ways than one. Featuring Chris Barber, Monty Sunshine, and Lonnie Donegan. Also featuring 4 tracks of Ken Colyers Skiffle Group with Lonnie Donegan including the never before recorded 'Cotton Song'.
George Lewis inspired and influenced a generation of European musicians. There was something almost mystical about the aura this modest man projected through his music. This Portrait of the Master features seven key sessions both with Bunk Johnson's bands and his own, ranging from 1942 and 1959 to give a key feel for the man and his work. The CD includes previously unavailable 'live' material of the 1959 band in Germany - plus one track with The Ken ... [MORE]
The Ken Colyer Trust New Orleans Jazz Band with special guests in a concert of music recorded at Sand Bay over the Easter Weekend in 2000. The players are Allan Beechey, cornet - John Wiseman, trombone - Malc Hurrell, banjo - Micky Ashman, string bass - Malc Murphy, drums with guests Ian Wheeler, clarinet and harmonica, John Clarke, piano. Alan Robinson plays clarinet on track 9. [MORE]
For this third Upbeat Portrait CD, we have chosen a New Orleans musician whose prodigious talent was probably the only one to rival the great Louis Armstrong. There are three sessions featured here giving a rounded glimpse at his overall style and performance - the first recorded in New York with Noble Sissie's Swingsters in 1937, the second in Paris in 1949 with Sydney Bechet and his Feetwarmers and the third with the Sidney Becket Trio in Paris in 1952. ... [MORE]
WINNER BIRMINGHAM JAZZ AWARD 2005 for the best re-issue CD!!!
In this third Upbeat volume of rare Alex Welsh broadcast material we are fortunate to be able to include, besides more radio recordings, soundtrack from the acclaimed BBCTV Jazz 625 series which in some cases only exists in this form. We can witness how at home visiting American jazzmen were with this fine band, first the urbane Bud Freeman, a regular visitor to these shores, and ... [MORE]
This CD is a landmark in jazz history as it documents the first time a British jazzman recorded with American musicians in an informal setting. The thirteen tracks included here, cut privately at the Baldwin Company's Midtown studios, thanks to Vic Lewis' initiative, give a rare insight into the sort of ambience created at that time on 52nd Street and captured in part by Alistair Cooke's momentous transatlantic broadcast jam sessions from the St Regis ... [MORE]
This second Upbeat selection of rare Alex Welsh radio material, following URCD175 Oh! Baby, features the line-up that became known as his second 'classic' band, which gained a such reputation internationally that they were invited to play at the prestigious Newport Jazz Festival in 1968. They became the first choice of visiting American guests looking for first class accompaniment - the likes of Pee Wee Russell, Red Allen and Bud Freeman were ... [MORE]
These recordings date from 30th May 1957 and were recorded at Eel Pie Island Jazz Club. Ken Colyer considered this line-up to be the best he ever had - and I am sure you will agree after listening to this CD! The personnel are Ken Colyer, Trumpet, vocals, Ian Wheeler, clarinet, Mac Duncan, trombone, Johnny Bastable, banjo, Ron Ward, bass, Colin Bowden, drums.Classic Years Volume 1 is on URCD149 and Volume 3 is URCD202. [MORE]
Mac Duncan was one of a handful of home-spun musicians to have been inspired by what is now called the 'jazz revival' just after WWII, yet he rarely played in the same band for very long! Hold and fearless, he played with heartfelt simplicity and unfaltering conviction. On this CD we can hear all the atmosphere of one of those popular Napier Saturday nights recaptured on a recording that conveys the energy and enthusiams which made their sessions so ... [MORE]
When a small group was assembled to accompany Louis Armstrong in 1946, in an attempt to recapture Sachmo's early years in Storyville, the obvious choice on trombone was his old boss Kid Ory. Sachmos described Ory as the greatest slideman ever born - and this Portrait, with recordings from 1921, 1944 and 1971, demonstrates his skill and passion as well as his longevity! Artists on this recording include ‘PAPA’ MUTT CAREY – TR ‘KID’ ORY – TRBN DINK JOHNSON ... [MORE]
Excellent CD - Jimmy Rushing at his best with Humph and the band on top form too. Great night, great atmosphere. Excellent research and notes from Mike Pointon.
The players are Humphrey Lyttelton, trumpet, Tony Coe, clarinet, alto sax, Jimmy Skidmore, tenor sax, John Picard, trombone, Ian Armit, piano, Brian Brocklehurst, bass, Eddie Taylor, drums [MORE]
When The Temperance Seven appeared in the Arthur Haynes Show on the old BBC Light Programme in the autumn of 1962, they had already notched up two unexpected hits in the best-seller charts the previous year and appeared on the Royal Variety Performance. This CD features great BBC Broadcast moments from the classic band of 1962-1963.
Personnel - Cephas Howard, tr/euph, John R.T. Davies, trmbn/alto sax, Mac White, cl/alto/bar sax, Ray Whittam, ... [MORE]
Monty Sunshine with his distinctive white mouthpiece and sardonic repartee has been a key figure in British jazz for more than half a century. This CD features two Sunshine line-ups recorded at different periods in different countries, both reflecting the band's renowned dynamic approach. BBC recordings from 1961 and 1962 plus NDR recordings from 1967. Personnel include Monty Sunshine, clarinet Rod Mason, trumpet, Graham Stewart, trombone, Johnny Parker, ... [MORE]
Volume 9 in this popular series looks at BBC tapes representing the revival of interest in small-band jazz from the 50s and 60s. This CD is a mixture of traditional and mainstream jazz from 5 great bands - KEN COLYER ALL STAR JAZZ BAND - THE SAINTS JAZZ BAND - MICK MULLIGAN with GEORGE MELLY - DIZ DISLEY QUINTET and MIKE DANIELS DELTA JAZZ BAND [MORE]
The airshots you will hear on this album represent aspects of British middle-period jazz at its best. The keynote to this album is good taste and, as the immortal PG Wodehouse might have said, you'll find it here in spades! BBC broadcasts from 1955-1960 featuring the following bands - HUMPHREY LYTTELTON AND HIS BAND, BRUCE TURNER QUARTET, FAIRWEATHER-BROWN ALL STARS - full details inside. [MORE]
Sonny Morris sessions recorded in Germany between 1999 and 2000. The band consisted of friends and colleagues including Dickie Bishop vocals, Sonny Morris trumpet, Sven Küpper trombone, Ian Wheeler clarinet, Ray Smith piano, Gunter Barfuss double bass, Lutz Eikelmann drums. Tracks 1-8 were recorded in 2000.
There are also 8 tracks recorded in 1999 featuring Sonny with Mitch Kreilein, Michael Schneider, Sandra Himsredt, Lutz Eikelmann (sousaphone) and ... [MORE]
These unique performances were recorded in a Dusseldorf Bierkeller in 1955 and feature a terrific line-up - KEN COLYER, Trumpet and vocals, MAC DUNCAN, Trombone, IAN WHEELER, Clarinet, DIZ DISLEY, Banjoand Guitar, MUKKI HERMAN, Bass, STAN GREIG, Piano, Drums, BILL COLYER, Drums. Ted Kendall has done a terrific job cleaning up the original tape and none of the original spirit of the occasion has been lost in the process. This CD was voted in top ten best ... [MORE]