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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]
A second place in the Small Band category of the British Jazz Awards before they had made their debut album and had only played a handful of gigs is testament to the quality of this band: a superb rhythm section backing four of the finest jazz trombonists in the country. Add to the mixture three world class guests, Mark Nightingale, Roy Williams and Alistair White, some top class arrangments of a wide range of material and the result is a superb album. [MORE]
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This second collection of early recordings by Acker Bilk sees him playing with a pick-up group, Johnny Bastable's Chosen Seven, recorded for the 77 Records label in 1958. The second disc comprises Acker's first recordings with the Paramount Jazz Band for the major Pye label and is a complete collection from 1958/59. These have been carefully remastered. Also included are 6 previously unissued tracks. [MORE]
Bob Wallis led one of the most successful bands of the Trad era having hit singles and as on disc one of this collection, an LP in the charts. As always the popularity drew attention away from a more serious jazz musician. Bob himself was a fine Red Allen influenced trumpet player and the rare tracks on disc 2 (from the small '77 Records' catalogue reveal a band at the forefront of the burgeoning New Orleans scene in London in the late 1950s. [MORE]
The Alex Welsh band was probably the most American sounding of the UK traditional style Jazz bands and as a result was the first choice for visiting American players. This release sees the legendary trumper player, Wild Bill Davison, in a superb 'live' session with the Welsh band in 1966. Everyone is on top form and the atmosphere and the music is first rate. [MORE]
Despite moulding his band into a fully fledged Mainstream outfit by 1958 Humph never completely deserted his Traditional roots and engaged in several recording sessions where those roots were revisited. This CD sees him in the 1980s with various traditional style UK musicians plus some visiting Eurpopean ones. It feature the Swedish trumpet player Bent Persson and two french clarinettists, Pierre Atlan and Jean-Francois Bonnel. The tune selection recals ... [MORE]
One of Europe’s leading swing and dance bands specialising in the jazz age music of the twenties and thirties.Their inspiration is that group of songwriters, band leaders and arrangers who made jazz the pop music of the time, music that is still great entertainment THE CHARLESTON CHASERS’ unique arrangements nearly all written ‘in house’ and superb musicianship give them an authentic voice, capturing the spirit of the original bands without slavishly ... [MORE]
The 'Hottest Man In Town' returns with his second album of scintillating vocals, flying fingers and hot Jazz 20s and 30s style. Spats, Norman Field, Danny Blyth, Malcolm Sked and Debbie Arthurs are joined by guests Keith Nichols and Martin Wheatley. [MORE]
VOTED REISSUE OF THE YEAR IN THE BRITISH JAZZ AWARDS. An excellent recording of a concert presented shortly after the opening of London's prestigious Barbican Centre in 1982. A capacity crowd enjoyed a typically varied, eclectic and well-played set by the Barber band – a heady mix of Classic Jazz and Swing tunes, Trad favourites and crowd pleasers. [MORE]
Either together or individually John and Jeff have appeared on 7 LAKE CDs, but this sees their first outing as a duo. The pairing of John Hallam, popular at UK Jazz festivals and highly regarded by fellow musicians, with Jeff Barnhart,one of the best 'stride' pianists around today, has produced a beautiful CD. Tasteful, varied and delivered in style. [MORE]
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The LAKE Records 'house' band recorded at a special concert in 2008. A superb line up of, from the USA, Jeff Barnhart (piano, vocals),the cream of UK players, Ian Bateman (trombone), Roy Cansdale (bass), John Hallam (reeds), Keith Stephen (guitar, banjo), Gordon Whitworth (trumpet, vocals) and label boss, Paul Adams (drums). Special guest was the hugely talented Duke Heitger from the USA. [MORE]
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This CD sees the final stage of the transition from a traditional style band to a mainstream one. This features line-ups regarded as classic in the history of the band featuring musicians such as Kathy Stobart, Tony Coe, Jimmy Skidmore,Joe Temperley, and John Picard. The tracks were mostly commercially released, but includes some previously unissued material. [MORE]
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A collection of Chris Barber recordings from 1957 and 1958. It comprises two concert recordings, Birmingham Town Hall and Brighton Pavilion (including some previously unreleased tracks), the 10 inch LP, 'Chris Barber Plays Vol 4' plus some singles by Ottilie Patterson. As well as Ottilie all the usual team are present, Monty Sunshine and Pat Halcox. [MORE]
A collection of significant recordings made by Ken Colyer's in the years 1957 and 1958. Includes the rare Hamburg concert by the Jazzmen and Skiffle Group, the EP 'They All Played Ragtime', the equally rare 'live' set which wwas re-recorded as 'Colyer Plays Standards' and the only recording of the Omega Brass Band ever issued. [MORE]
Throughout his career Humphrey Lyttelton never fought shy of pushing the boundaries and experimenting. This CD contains some of his early experiments in the early 1950s. It contains complete commercially released recordings by the Graeme Bell- Humphrey Lyttelton Jazz groups, the Grant-Lyttelton Paseo Jazz Band and Lazy Ade Monsbrough's Late Hour Boys. [MORE]
In the heady days of the Trad Boom of the late 1950s/early 1960s there were the three big names Ball, Barber and Bilk, but running alongside was Terry Lightfoot. The term ‘Trad’ was invented for the Lightfoot band (it was the title of an made in 1958). Terry regularly beat Acker Bilk as top Jazz clarinetist in the Melody Maker Readers’ Poll. This CD is part of LAKE’s continuing ‘Vintage’ series and presents the first recordings made by the band as a ... [MORE]
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Val Waiseman's career has included working with the bands of Monty Sunshine, Alex Welsh and Kenny Baker. For several years she has been touring with her acclaimed Billie Holiday show, 'Lady Sings The Blues'. This CD includes the songs from her latest venture, the songs of Duke Ellington. Val is no mere imitator - she brings her own interpretation and personality to the songs. [MORE]
Double CD for the price of one! In 1947 Graeme Bell's band booked one-way tickets for war torn Europe to appear at a Youth Festival in Prague. They made some recordings which have become collectors' items. They came to the UK and took the Jazz scene by storm. Over in Paris they made some more recordings. This is a companion CD to LACD166 [MORE]
Superb new arrangements of tunes associated with six of the early kings of Jazz, Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and Fletcher Henderson, all played by this excellent swinging band consisting of some of Scotland's finest players [MORE]
One of the finest Jazz trumpeters the UK has ever produced. This is a collection of rare items some previously unreleased. It features Jazz legend, Albert Nicholas, Blues and Gospel singer, Brother Jogn Sellers, Al's longtime musical partner, Sandy Brown, the bands of Humphrey Lyttelton, Stan Greig and Jogn Picard's Angels. [MORE]
Recorded in 1963 at the Dancing Slipper Jazz club in Nottingham. Previously unreleased it is excellently recorded and finds the Welsh band in fine form. Featuring Roy Crimmins, Lennie Hastings, Tony Pitt, Bert Murray, Bill Reid and the superb Al Gay. [MORE]