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LACD338 Remembering Pat Halcox 2 CDs
LACD349 Remembering Ian Wheeler 2 CDs
LACD344 Remembering Monty Sunshine 2 CDs
LACD347 Remembering Steve Lane 1 CD
Each of these titles is a career retrospective of four popular icons of British Jazz.
Pat Halcox joined Chris Barber's Band in the early 1950s and held the trumpet chair until 2008, the longest serving partnership in Jazz!
Ian ... [MORE]
LACD346 BARBER BACK IN BERLIN 1960 - LACD351 BARBER IN DETROIT 1959
Back in Berlin has the Barber band in cracking form on their triumphant return to Germany in 1960.All your favourites are here including Monty Sunshine, Pat Halcox the leader himself and Ottilie Patterson.
Barber in Detroit has the only recordings from the first tour of the USA in 1959, and this is their first release. The band again features the usual suspects ... [MORE]
This 2 CD special offer includes the iconic Blues Book and Beyond (LACD296) and one of LAKE'S all-time best selling releases That Patterson Girl (LACD244).
LACD296Before 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 ... [MORE]
The first four CDs in this popular series at a special price. Short descriptions of each volume inside, while you will find full track listings for each CD under their individual listings.
Vol. 9 of the AT A TANGENT series is devoted to the MAINSTREAM bands involved in British Jazz. ‘Mainstream’ was a term coined in the 1950s to denote a more arranged Jazz sitting somewhere between Traditional/Dixieland and Bebop/Modern. It is akin to small band Swing and the main protagonist in the UK is always held to be Humphrey Lyttelton, but Kenny Baker and others were playing in the style before Humph did. The problem is that very few working bands ... [MORE]
Of the new wave of British Traditional Jazz bands which emerged from the Traditional Jazz revival in the 1940s, Humphrey Lyttelton had the leading, most popular band and it was the band which secured the first record deal with a major label, Parlophone in 1949. Hot on Lyttelton’s heels was Freddy Randall who signed for Parlophone in 1951. The various stylistic ‘camps’ were emerging – New Orleans, Classic, Chicago/Dixieland and eventually Trad – and Freddy ... [MORE]
Vintage Jazz music was what Steve Lane specialised in. From the late 1940s up until the 2000s Steve Lane’s various bands recreated the sounds of the Classic Jazz era of King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke and a whole host of others. Steve also ran the Vintage Jazz Music record label, VJM. Never content to simply carbon copy the originals Steve Lane would put his own stamp on the tunes whilst remaining true to the genre. Steve never turned ... [MORE]
Mike Daniels formed his first band in the late 1940s when the emerging British traditional style Jazz bands were searching for an identity. Mike Daniels decided to model his band on the Classic bands of the 1920s, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke et al. By the late 1950s the band was one of the best – and one of the few – to specialise in that style. The band’s golden period was the period covered by this CD. The band rarely recorded ... [MORE]
Between them Jeff Barnhart and Spats Langham have been on more LAKE CDs than any other currently working artists, but this is only their second album together (previous CD ‘We Wish We Were Twins’ LACD342). Jeff is a consummate musician able to play in a variety of piano styles Classical to Stride, from Boogie to Ragtime. He visits the UK at least twice a year where he has built up an enviable following and when he gets a chance to team up with Spats. ... [MORE]
The third album by the JLJB on the LAKE label. A new line-up with three new members, but what has not changed is the repertoire. As before the material is wide-ranging mixing Jazz, Blues, Gospel, and Folk songs – all the way from the Mississippi Sheiks to the Carter Family. They have gained an enviable reputation as a lively, feel-good band both looking and sounding the part. They are not slavish copiers, but stamp their own personality on all the ... [MORE]
REMEMBERING BEN COHEN Volume 2 - BEN COHEN with THE SONNY DEE ALL-STARS AND LAURIE CHESCOE’S GOODTIME JAZZ
Ben Cohen, one of the legendary ‘backroom boys’ of British Traditional Jazz, spent his whole career in amateur or semi-professional bands, but was widely regarded as one of the best exponents of the early Louis Armstrong style of playing. He stuck doggedly to the cornet rather than the trumpet and was well-known for his blistering, but always tasteful, thoughtful solos and firm lead. After we released Vol.1 (LACD334) we had a number of queries as to ... [MORE]
In 1948 Humphrey Lyttelton formed his first full-time band and rapidly became the premier Traditional Jazz band in the UK. Several of the musicians who would become significant players later had formed bands, but until the Chris Barber Jazz Band came into being in 1954 Humph had no serious rivals. The band made early recordings on the small independent specialist Tempo and Esquire labels and in 1949 had landed a contract with the leading major label ... [MORE]
The only recordings of the band made during their historic first American tour in 1959. The recordings were pirated and issued in the USA under the name of ‘The All American Jazz Band’. Never previously released in their entirety under the band’s own name. There are six bonus tracks from the same period including a duet by Ottilie and Chris which has never been released anywhere before. The CD features the usual Barber band favourites: Ottilie Patterson, ... [MORE]
We have been asked over and over again for this CD which is a re-issue of our long deleted LACD34 plus one extra track. It features the band in 1962 and is the only commercially issued full album recorded by this line-up. It features a very young Sammy Rimington on clarinet alongside Geoff Cole on trombone in the frontline. Newcomer Pete Ridge on drums joins the two longest serving Jazzmen, Ron Ward and John Bastable.
Despite all the talk about the ... [MORE]
One of our finest reed players Ian Wheeler came to prominence in Ken Colyer’s Jazzmen when he replaced Acker Bilk in 1955. He left Ken Colyer and formed the Sims-Wheeler Vintage Jazz Band in 1959 along with trumpeter Ken Sims. It was a short stay before he got the call from Chris Barber to join his band replacing Monty Sunshine. Ian would spend 27 years in the Barber band playing clarinet, alto sax, soprano sax and harmonica. This ... [MORE]
Steve Lane is one of the unsung heroes of British Traditional Jazz. Trumpeter Lane formed his first band in 1949. He remained doggedly loyal to the Classic style of Jazz typified by King Oliver, Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton in the 1920s. Steve remained semi-professional all his life, but was highly respected as a mentor to many aspiring Jazz musicians over the years. Alongside his playing Steve also ran three record labels, VJM, Halcyon and ... [MORE]
DOUBLE CD FOR THE PRICE OF ONE
'Barber In Berlin' is one of the most popular albums in Chris Barber's discography (see 'Classic Concerts Revisited' LACD323). It was recorded at the Deutschlandhalle in Berlin in 1959 in front of a capacity crowd of 12,000. Almost exactly a year later the band was back. No-one can remember the concert being recorded, but in 2015 a set of tapes appeared and this is the resulting CD. The band is on cracking form ... [MORE]
The latest in the Vintage Recording Project series. Reputedly there was a jam session which took place in 1928 when Louis Armstrong was passing through Chicago and Bix Beiderbecke was playing there. They met for an after hours session. The two men had a mutual admiration for each other and both were young men at the peak of their powers. We have imagined that session and two of the world's leading exponents of the styles - Enrico (Louis) and Andy (Bix) - ... [MORE]
Monty's place in British Traditional Jazz circles ranks very high: he was in the legendary Crane River Jazz Band, he was in the first Ken Colyer's Jazzman, he was in Chris Barber's Jazz Band when it reigned supreme throughout the 1950s, he formed his own highly successful band from 1961 into the 2000s. His recording of Petite Fleur has never been unavailable since it was recorded in 1956, was a hit single in 1959 and paved the way for Acker Bilk to bring ... [MORE]
Freddy Randall was one of the legends of British Jazz. A fiery trumpeter who followed the Chicago/Dixieland route and, until Alex Welsh established his band, led the finest band of its type in the UK. Freddy dropped off the scene in 1958, returned briefly in the mid-sixties before returning to form a very fine band with clarinettist Dave Shepherd in 1972. This CD comprises the last set of recordings he made with his own band in 1957 before his first ... [MORE]
Aside from reissue albums Jeff Barnhart and Spats Langham have appeared on more LAKE CDs than any other artists, but they have never before appeared on the same ones. Over the years that Jeff has been coming to the UK he and Spats have performed together in bands, in quartets and as a duo. They have a mutual admiration for each other's work so it seemed high time to put them together. The result was a superb, relaxed, good humoured recording session with ... [MORE]
This is the latest volume in the series which looks at various aspects of the British Traditional Jazz scene which are at a tangent to the triple album, BRITISH TRADITIONAL JAZZ - A POTTED HISTORY (LACD300). This compilation looks at the bands mostly inspired by the Chicago school of Jazz. It doesn't necessarily choose the most famous bands in the style - their CDs are readily available - but looks at some lesser known bands as well as some rare gems. [MORE]
With their good humour, attention to detail and varied repertoire the JLJB have built up a considerable following in just over two years. This is their second CD for LAKE and it was their previous one (LACD330) which propelled them from obscurity to being very much in demand in both Jazz Clubs and Folk Clubs the length and breadth of the UK. Blues Rhythm magazine said that their music had a knockabout, good-time feel which just about sums it up! [MORE]
Another in the Vintage Recording Project series. It was suggested that we devote a CD to the music of the Jazz legend, Bix Beiderbecke. We didn't want it to be another band rehashing Bix's 'greatest hits' so it was decided to look at tunes we know Bix played, but never recorded and some tunes current at the time which he might have played. With a number of leading exponents of Vintage Jazz congregating for the Classic Jazz Party in Whitley Bay we ... [MORE]
DOUBLE CD for the price of a Single
When Pat Halcox joined Chris Barber's Jazz Band in the early 1950s it started a remarkable career. It produced the longest serving partnership in Jazz anywhere in the world as Pat held the trumpet chair until 2008. He developed from a talented young player to one of our finest Jazz musicians playing with originality, a broad tone, considerable subtlety and finesse, but also plenty of fire and attack as and ... [MORE]