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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]
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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]
Following on from LACD332 this is another attempt to fill the gap of Chris Barber's recordings from the 1970s. This collection was one of the classic issues by the Barber band of the time and had some changes in personnel: Vic Pitt had joined on bass, Roger Hill had replaced John Slaughter and Pete York - a Rock drummer previously associated with the Spencer Davis Group and The Average White Band amongst others - had joined. The most significant change, ... [MORE]
The eight piece NCRO was formed in 1998 with the intention of preserving and playing orchestrated Ragtime tunes. Over the intervening years the personnel has expanded to thirteen and the repertoire has widened to include Classic Jazz and Hot Dance music. Tunes on this CD date from 1903 and run the whole gamut up to 1931: classic Ragtime pieces to early Swing tunes obscure tunes to the more familiar. This is no serious, straight-laced presentation, though ... [MORE]
Volume 6 in the series following on from the triple album set BRITISH TRADITIONAL JAZZ - A POTTED HISTORY (LACD300).
Once the revival of Traditional Jazz got under way during the late 1940s and into the 1950s the bands started to split into various styles and one was a group of bands which chose to play the 'Classic' Jazz typified by the 1920s bands of King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Clarence Williams et al. The set includes some of ... [MORE]
This CD is dedicated to cornet player Ben Cohen. He came to public attention when he joined Chris Barber's New Orleans Jazz Band in 1950. From 1950 until his death in 2002 Ben Cohen became highly regarded as a fiery 'hot' player in the early Louis Armstrong mould. He played in the bands of Alex Revell, Cy Laurie, Ian Bell, The Temperance Seven, Mike Daniels and many others. Keith Nichols used him on his recreations of 1920s bands. Ben Cohen recorded for ... [MORE]
This the third CD on LAKE Records for Ken Mathieson's Classic Jazz Orchestra. Rather than simply run through the jazz of the Classic Jazz era in a Trad Jazz style Ken Mathieson takes the tunes and arranges them in a modern context for his eight piece band. The result is a refreshing take on often well-worn tunes - so much of it is due to Ken's brilliant arrangements said Just Jazz magazine of a previous release. The Scotsman newspaper commented ... [MORE]
In our extensive issue programme of Chris Barber CDs the 1970s have been neglected. Although Chris Barber had added the Blues guitar towards the end of the 1960s, the 1970s saw the renaming of the Jazz Band to the Jazz and Blues Band. This set is taken from the early part of the 70s before the addition of a second reed and although still rooted in the Jazz repertoire the band has played since its inception there was much more experimentation taking place. ... [MORE]
'Spats' Langham, Danny Blyth, Malcolm Sked and Emily Campbell return with their second CD on the LAKE label. The eclectic mix is as before: string band material, gypsy jazz, hokum, swing and jazz classics with a hint of Broadway. 22 tracks played with great musical skill, enthusiasm, a touch of class and obvious enjoyment. Of their previous CD (LACD311) R2 magazine said this is a likeable, good-humoured, entertaining album by wonderful musicians. ... [MORE]
The Jake Leg Jug Band brings you authentic sounds of 1920s and 30s America - Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Ragtime - and puts its own twist on it. Songs about murder, betrayal, gambling, liquor and redemption. The Jake Leg Jug Band's reputation as a lively, feel-good band is rapidly growing. The band's performance at the Congleton Jazz and Blues Festival drew the following comment: 'Their image, style, and performance was wonderful and you really did buy into the ... [MORE]
NO. 5 In the CDs looking at different aspects of British Traditional Jazz scene linked to the triple set BRITISH TRADITIONAL JAZZ - A POTTED HISTORY (LACD300).This one looks at bands which secured deals with major record labels following in the footsteps of the leading bands. It includes the superb Mike Cotton Jazzmen and more from the 'territory band', The Avon Cities Jazz Band. [MORE]
Another in the series of recordings made by Allan Gilmour at the Dancing Slipper Jazz Club in Nottingham. The Storyville Jazzmen were at the very commercial end of the Trad Jazz period and these recordings are quite a revelation in that they show the band away from the concert stage and in a Jazz club.
Personnel are Bob Wallis trumpet and vocals, Keith 'Avo' Avison trombone, Al Gay clarinet, soprano and tenor saxes, Pete Gresham piano, Hugh Rainey ... [MORE]
The Trad Boom is taking off and in 1959 Chris Barber had few serious rivals. The collection includes the first LP made under Denis Preston's Lansdowne Jazz Series by the Barber band. It also features three EPs one each featuring Monty Sunshine, Pat Halcox and Ottilie Patterson. Also included are three tracks Chris Barber made in New York with the surviving members of Clarence Williams's band for the 1920s. There some previously unreleased tracks plus four ... [MORE]
Mike Daniels led one of the best bands during the Trad era. He remained steadfastly semi-professional and pursued a policy of playing Classic Jazz from the Armstrong/Oliver/Morton period. No slavish copyist, though, Mike Daniels' band interpreted the music in its own style. Despite the semi-pro status the band made one LP and one single for major labels. Both are included here plus six 'vintage' tracks from the band's early period 1949/50. The band, of ... [MORE]
This is the third in the series of CDs which followed on from the triple CD compilation, BRITISH TRADITIONAL JAZZ - A POTTED HISTORY (LACD300). This one deals with various top quality bands who never made the big time during the Trad era. Many of the musicians in these bands did go on to join the 'big' names (e.g. Alan Elsdon, Mike Peters, Graham Stewart) while some of the bands chose to remain semi-professional (e.g. The Famous Southern Stompers). One ... [MORE]
LACD300 gave an overview of the development of Traditional Jazz in Britain, but what it could not do was reveal everything which was going on. This CD looks at Traditional style musicians who went off and played in other musical styles: gypsy jazz, jug bands, country music, comedy and the blues. Full details of bands and tracks inside. [MORE]
LACD300 gave an overview of the development of Traditional Jazz in Britain. What it could not do was look at some of the things which were also happening. This CD is sub-titled 'Breaking The Mould' because it looks at bands and musicians who did not always pursue a predictable path. Humphrey Lyttelton was not the only one moving into a more Mainstream style and this CD looks at some of those musicians. There also bands which were not averse to trying ... [MORE]
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Over the years Chris Barber's Band has played host to numerous visiting American Jazz and Blues musicians. The CD set contains recordings of the band with three legendary clarinet players: Edmond Hall, Albert Nicholas and Joe Darensbourg. Many of the recordings are rare and have never been released before on LP or CD. The set also includes recordings of Chris Barber's American Jazz Band which featured ... [MORE]
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One of the strongest line-ups ever of the Chris Barber band playing at the top of its game at this concert recorded in 1992. The CDs have lots of atmosphere, some excellent musicianship and was obviously enjoyed by both the band and the audience. [MORE]
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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 ... [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]
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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 ... [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]
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]