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Following on from the pioneering Dick Cathcart CD (RTR 4308), Retrospective presents more buried jazz treasure with The Imaginative Johnny Windhurst. Of the label’s many rewarding Digby Fairweather collaborations, this one performs the greatest service in throwing the spotlight on a relatively little-known musician of unsurpassed brilliance, yet who seldom visited the recording studio. New York-born Johnny Windhurst (1926-1981) was playing alongside ... [MORE]
Here is the best single CD selection available of John Kirby’s famous 6-piece group, creating one of the most popular and distinctive jazz styles of the early 40s. John Kirby (1908-1952) is the first double-bass player to head a Retrospective album. He was indeedthe most accomplished bassist on the jazz scene of the late 30s and early 40s, with a light, subtle sound and a superior technique to his contemporaries. But his biggest claim to fame was as the ... [MORE]
‘Dick Cathcart’ (1924-1993) should be a name familiar to all jazz enthusiasts as one of the great trumpeters. In fact, this Retrospective survey of the 25 finest of his wonderful 50s recordings is the first CD to be devoted to this most under-rated of artists. With a group of like-minded musicians from Ben Pollack’s Pick-A-Rib Boys such as clarinettist Matty Matlock and tenor-man Eddie Miller, he made an enormous impact as 'Pete Kelly’s Big Seven' – yet ... [MORE]
Here is the finest single disc summary of the career of Clarence Williams (1893-1965), one of the most influential figures in jazz. Clarence was a jazz phenomenon: pianist, singer, arranger, composer, leader, dancer, record producer, music publisher, entrepreneur and even jug blower! In some ways he is one of the great unsung figures in jazz, yet he made a lasting impression through his outstanding musicality. While not a ‘great’ soloist he always managed ... [MORE]
12th April 2017 marks the centenary of Swing Era’s voice of the name bands', Helen Forrest (1917-1999), the singer who fronted the bands of Artie Shaw, then Benny Goodman, then Harry James. Retrospective’s tribute contains all 25 of her hits peaking above No.10 in the charts, including seven Number Ones: Thanks For Everything and They Say (with Artie Shaw), Taking A Chance On Love (with Benny Goodman), I Don’t Want To Walk Without ... [MORE]
The Original Dixieland Jazz Band was the first band to wax the sound of jazz, thereby providing a blueprint which others sought to emulate. Although all of the recordings on this centenary tribute were cut in the acoustic era, the technology involved was sufficiently advanced to capture their sound, both individually and collectively. Moreover, many of the numbers which they chose to record, some of which they’d composed themselves, became jazz standards. ... [MORE]
A CD that should be in every jazz collection: the cream of the wonderful band called 'McKinney’s Cotton Pickers' – 26 vintage jazz classics.
American drummer Bill McKinney (1895-1969) would not get a mention in any list of great jazz musicians, and didn’t even play on the series of recordings made between 1928 and 1930 by 'McKinney’s Cotton Pickers'. But any jazz critic will tell you that these are among the classics of jazz. Thanks to the inspired ... [MORE]
This profile of clarinettist Edmond Hall (1901-1967) – one of the greatest of the New Orleans jazz giants – makes a superb addition to the Retrospective jazz list. Hall’s individual style was instantly recognizable, with its broad, fast vibrato. His was hot, fiery music, full of drive and biting attack – yet he possessed a wonderful feeling for the blues.
This profile of clarinettist Edmond Hall (1901-1967) – one of the greatest of the New Orleans ... [MORE]
Retrospective pays a fine centenary tribute to Benny Goodman’s ‘angel’ Martha Tilton with a wonderful cross-section of her finest work. 4th November 2015 marked the actual centenary of Texan songstress Martha Tilton. The liltin’ Miss Tilton is best remembered as the glamorous angel who sang in front of the great Benny Goodman band for many of its biggest hits, especially And The Angels Sing. But she was more than just one of the many top female ... [MORE]
Retrospective pays a centenary tribute to Jay McShann with a superb programme covering every aspect of this great jazzman at his ebullient best.
American jazz pianist and bandleader Jay McShann (1916-2006) enjoyed a long career during which he carried the flame of Kansas City jazz at its Count Basie-inspired finest, as well as being acknowledged as a truly great blues artist. During the early 40s his band was the training ground for such stars as ... [MORE]
The most sophisticated, the most gloriously fashioned – and, for some, the best – Dixieland jazz on record.
That is jazz maestro Digby Fairweather’s verdict on these joyous performances by the great jazz trombonist who is not, perhaps, nearly as famous as his name. Abe Lincoln has, remarkably, not had a solo CD prior to this Retrospective survey of his finest work with Matty Matlock’s Rampart Street Paraders during the mid-50s. Nearly 80 ... [MORE]
This is an evocative sound portrait of Harlem, an exuberant sequence of some of the most enjoyable vintage jazz imaginable.
Since the late 20s the Harlem district of New York City has been synonymous with the liveliest black music of the vintage jazz age. No one place in any city has been so immortalised in music. All the most creative musicians played in its many theatres and clubs. Retrospective has carefully selected 25 of the finest of the ... [MORE]
A portrait of a truly remarkable jazz partnership, this CD presents the combined artistry of the finest trombonist of them all, Jack Teagarden, and the man he described as: the greatest trumpeter I've ever worked with . . . and I've worked with them all!
Don Goldie (1930-1995) was from a younger generation than Teagarden, yet when Mr. T recruited him to his Sextet in 1959, the trumpeter's bravura style proved the perfect foil. The music they ... [MORE]
This centenary tribute is the finest single CD now available of the fabulously unique alto sax sound of Earl Bostic, playing both RB and standards. Earl Bostic (1913-1965) has carved a special niche for himself in the annals of great saxophone-players. Always a brilliant technician, from a background of playing in, and arranging for, jazz big-bands such as Lionel Hampton’s, he led a group that achieved great success playing Rhythm Blues. He went on to ... [MORE]
This collection is a unique survey of the very best of Bobby Hackett, described as the most beautiful horn in the world.
Comparing top trumpeters, Louis Armstrong once declared that Bobby Hackett (1915-1976) had more ingredients. This generous Retrospective of the 27 finest tracks from his vintage years of 1938 to 1960 is an unrivalled demonstration of all those glorious ‘ingredients’: a broad generous tone with a depth to the sound ... [MORE]
A jazz treat! This CD covers 21 years of one of the all-time greats of the trumpet: Billy Butterfield. What’s New? was the title of his first big success with Bob Crosby. In addition to featuring all the milestones of his career from 1938 to 1959, this CD presents many gems from long-deleted 10 inch LPs of the 50s made when he was at the peak of his powers.
George Hulme wrote in Just Jazz 'Billy Butterfield was one of the finest jazz ... [MORE]
Retrospective is proud to present the only CD available devoted to 'Tesch', the great jazz clarinettist described by Benny Goodman as: perhaps the most inventive musician it has ever been my privilege to hear.
Frank Teschemacher (1906-1932) is revered in jazz circles as one of the all-time-greats of the jazz clarinet, yet his name seldom trips off the general public’s tongue nowadays. His tragically short lifespan of 25 years (he was killed in ... [MORE]
America made Wall Street the world's money mart, Hollywood the factory of the world's day dreams, and Tin Pan Alley the maker of the music it danced to...the America of the 1920s that passed into the file of the world's memory is not an America of throbbing steel production...but a kind of mass idiocy and frivolity. Europe, drained of life and invention after the war, first jeered and then eagerly copied these hectic fads - cocktails, bobbed hair, the ... [MORE]
Singer, songwriter, producer, presenter and entertainer Ronny Hilton was a ballad-singer playing to a slightly older audience, just as the more strident strains of rock ‘n’ roll were about to engulf all. His smart, well groomed appearance, smooth vocal delivery and polished stage routines made him a big name on the British pop scene. During the 1950s he notched up 16 hits in the British charts and via radio appearances, sell-out national tours and ... [MORE]
On the British jazz scene Nat Gonella was Number One Trumpeter. In addition to being a born showman, he was a paramount technician who wielded significant influence on successive generations of jazz trumpeters. Nat was a trumpet ace, bandleader and vocalist and in 1934 the Georgians (named after the hit recording Georgia on my Mind) sprang into being as a-band-within-a-band, a splinter group of the famous Lew Stone Orchestra.
Nat Gonella died aged 90 ... [MORE]
Rowland Bernard 'Bunny' Berigan remains one of the legends of classic jazz, a titanic trumpeter, and one of the authentically tragic figures of the music's history. Berigan was a musician whose musical well of ideas was drawn largely from Louis Armstrong's brimming reservoir. He was a superb technician and skilled sight-reader whose carefree command of his horn carried him easily through any contemporary challenges. But it's like Bix Beiderbecke - it's ... [MORE]
26 of his finest tracks from 1925-1928 with his Hot Fives and Sevens. Artists here include Johnny Dodds, Earl Hines, Lonnie Johnson, Kid Ory and Don Redman.
This collection was compiled by Ray Crick, with final restoration and remastering by Alan Bunting. Les Paul plays electric guitar on all tracks, and the CD was recorded in Les Paul’s home studio (from late 1947). [MORE]
Eddie Condon was a guitarist, banjo player and bandleader and a leading figure in the “Chicago school” of early jazz who successfully negotiated the musical vagaries of swing, big band and bebop until he was able to ride the wave of the Dixieland revival during the 1950s.
This is a 2 CD collection encompassing a fascinating range of styles and repertoire and also features line-ups of major jazz names and really had radio and TV broadcasts.
This ... [MORE]
Mezz Mezzrow was a jazz clarinettist and saxophonist, bandleader and entrepreneur, primarily associated with New Orleans and Dixieland jazz, whose career encompassed the decades before and after WWII, playing alongside some of the genre’s biggest names and organising many landmark recording sessions.
This substantial 45-track collection draws from a significant proportion of the recording sessions in which he participated in the quarter century and ... [MORE]