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JACK TEAGARDEN 100 Years From Today! - His 48 Best - Double CD
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JACK TEAGARDEN 100 Years From Today! - His 48 Best - Double CD

CD / Product Number: RTS4182

A magnificent double CD celebrates the artistry of the greatest jazz trombonist of them all, with a summary of his very finest work from 1928 to 1954.
The name of 'Big T', Texan Jack Teagarden (1905-1964), is a two-word definition of jazz trombone. He was indisputably the greatest trombone soloist in jazz history, setting a new standard in the 20s and creating a totally new approach. With his lazy Texan drawl, Teagarden was almost equally revered as ... [MORE]

GENE KRUPA - Drummin' Man - His 43 Finest - Double CD
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GENE KRUPA - Drummin' Man - His 43 Finest - Double CD

CD / Product Number: RTS4174

Here is the most famous jazz drummer of them all, Gene Krupa, in a superb double CD retrospective of his phenomenal career.
The name Gene Krupa (1909-1973) is synonymous with a driving drum style and dynamic showmanship, qualitiesthat made the Chicago-born drummer one of the musical giants of the Swing Era. Behind his flamboyant public image was a serious and self-disciplined musician who created some of the great jazz of the period. Drummin' ... [MORE]

HUTCH - Let's Do It - His 50 Finest - Double CD
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HUTCH - Let's Do It - His 50 Finest - Double CD

CD / Product Number: RTS4166

Here is a tribute to one of the best-loved of all 20th century entertainers, Hutch, with his inimitable artistry displayed in the finest available collection of his always suavely elegant work. Leslie A. Hutchinson (1900-1969), known simply as 'Hutch', had one of the most famous and best-loved voices of the late 30s and 40s. With his charming and debonair personality, his skilful piano playing and that unmistakeable, chocolate-flavoured baritone, he was ... [MORE]

Vintage Children's Favourites 1926 - 1959 - Double CD
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Vintage Children's Favourites 1926 - 1959 - Double CD

CD / Product Number: RTS4162

Children of all ages cannot fail to respond to this extraordinary collection of 48 childhood favourites from half a century ago, all with the original artists.
Listening to ‘Children’s Favourites’ was a Saturday morning ritual for millions in those unsophisticated, far off days of innocence, and – younever know – perhaps even today’s youngster might still be as entranced as his parents and grandparents were by this remarkable collection of 48 vintage ... [MORE]

BIX BIEDERBECKE - Young Man With A Horn - His 52 Finest - Double CD
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BIX BIEDERBECKE - Young Man With A Horn - His 52 Finest - Double CD

CD / Product Number: RTS4154

Cornettist Leon Bismark 'Bix' Beiderbecke (1903-1931) was a classic jazz innovator of iconic status. His appallingly early death at only 28, after a mere six years’ recording career, has led to much romantically-assembled myth and legend as the archetypal troubled creator whose gifts are terminated too soon by life’s cruelties. But it was of course his music that came first. That, as this collection conclusively illustrates, is where the story really ... [MORE]

BENNY GOODMAN and his Orchestra - Swing, Swing, Swing - Double CD
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BENNY GOODMAN and his Orchestra - Swing, Swing, Swing - Double CD

CD / Product Number: RTS4144

In this double CD set we are presenting the best big-band work from the man who was arguably the greatest jazz clarinettist in the world – ever! Even the most devout followers of his principle rival, Artie Shaw, are regularly forced to admit that in terms of technique, inspiration and sheer excitement Benny Goodman bettered everyone. This 2 CD set is a selection of his big band classics so definitive that weathered Goodman aficionados will ruefully wish ... [MORE]

HUMPHREY LYTTELTON and His BAND - Bad Penny Blues - Double CD
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HUMPHREY LYTTELTON and His BAND - Bad Penny Blues - Double CD

CD / Product Number: RTS4108

Here we have Humph's 52 finest recordings over 2 CDs. The first covers the early years, 1948-1952, while the second deals with 1953-1957. Full details inside. [MORE]

Happy Days Are Here Again!  - 26 vintage 'cheer-up' songs
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Happy Days Are Here Again! - 26 vintage 'cheer-up' songs

CD / Product Number: RTR5359

If you think we have problems today, we should perhaps take a lead from the dark days of the Great Depression when so many ‘cheer-up’ songs, while not of course curing all ills, at least helped to make life bearable. Happy Days Are Here Again! (the anthem used for Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal in 1933) offers 26 uplifting ‘audio anti-depressants’ from 1928 to 1941 that should bring cheer to even the most miserable. The selection is presented by the top ... [MORE]

RUBY MURRAY -  Softly, Softly - Her 31 Finest 1954-1962
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RUBY MURRAY - Softly, Softly - Her 31 Finest 1954-1962

CD / Product Number: RTR4371

Softly, Softly is Retrospective’s warm-hearted tribute to the winsome Irish colleen who, at the age of 19, became a superstar and set the remarkable record of having five hits in the Top 20 at the same time. With her velvety voice, tinged with an appealing huskiness, and her hesitant charm, Ruby Murray captured the hearts of listeners to become one of the best-loved of all singers of the ‘fabulous 50s’.
Our survey of her remarkable career ... [MORE]

ALBERT AMMONS  The Boogie Woogie Man - His 23 Finest 1936-1946
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ALBERT AMMONS The Boogie Woogie Man - His 23 Finest 1936-1946

CD / Product Number: RTR4367

American pianist Albert Ammons (1907-1949) was indeed 'The Boogie Woogie Man', the founder figure of boogie-woogie and its best-known and foremost exponent. Perhaps less extrovert or virtuoso than either Pete Johnson or Meade Lux Lewis, he was the most consistent of the three boogie ‘greats’, with greater rhythmic solidarity. His unerring left-hand bass figures with their rock-steady, unfaltering rhythm generated a dynamic almost unparalleled in piano ... [MORE]

Happy Days Are Here Again!   26 vintage 'cheer-up' songs
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Happy Days Are Here Again! 26 vintage 'cheer-up' songs

CD / Product Number: RTR4359

If you think we have problems today, we should perhaps take a lead from the dark days of the Great Depression when so many ‘cheer-up’ songs, while not of course curing all ills, at least helped to make life bearable. Happy Days Are Here Again! (the anthem used for Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal in 1933) offers 26 uplifting ‘audio anti-depressants’ from 1928 to 1941 that should bring cheer to even the most miserable. The selection is presented by the top ... [MORE]

Irving Fazola -  My Inspiration - His 26 Finest 1936-1946
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Irving Fazola - My Inspiration - His 26 Finest 1936-1946

CD / Product Number: RTR4337

Here is the only CD available spotlighting the artistry of one of the greatest of all jazz clarinettists, Irving Fazola - the best white clarinet player from New Orleans. The great clarinettist Irving Prestopnick (1912-1949) became Fazola (from the tonic sol-far: Fah-Soh-Lah) or simply 'Faz'. With his graceful phrasing and warm, liquid tone, he could only have come from New Orleans. This huge man, with his essentially melodic style owing something to ... [MORE]

CHARLIE TEAGADEN - The Big Horn Of 'Little T' - His 21 Finest 1936-1962
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CHARLIE TEAGADEN - The Big Horn Of 'Little T' - His 21 Finest 1936-1962

CD / Product Number: RTR4332

Following on from the pioneering Johnny Windhurst CD (RTR 4316), a 'Record of the Year', Retrospective presents more buried jazz treasure with The Big Horn Of Little T. Another rewarding collaboration with trumpeter Digby Fairweather, this one throws the spotlight onto the man Jimmy Dorsey called The most under-rated trumpeter in the world: Charlie Teagarden, and this is the first ever CD devoted to his artistry.
It may have been a mixed ... [MORE]

Clarinet Marmalade - A celebration of 24 great vintage jazz clarinettists 1918-1962
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Clarinet Marmalade - A celebration of 24 great vintage jazz clarinettists 1918-1962

CD / Product Number: RTR4328

Retrospective offers a cavalcade of, arguably, the 24 greatest vintage jazz clarinettists from the first 45 years of recorded jazz history. From Larry Shields and the Original Dixieland Jazz Band in 1918 through to the peerless George Lewis in Burgundy Street Blues in 1962, a representative performance from each clarinet master has been carefully selected. Seldom could a jazz history lesson pass by so enjoyably as you sample the widely varying playing ... [MORE]

Johnny Windhurst - Jazz Trumpeter Extraordinaire - His 19 Finest 1945 - 1956
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Johnny Windhurst - Jazz Trumpeter Extraordinaire - His 19 Finest 1945 - 1956

CD / Product Number: RTR4316

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]

JOHN KIRBY and his Onyx Club Boys - The Biggest Little Band in the Land 1937-1945
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JOHN KIRBY and his Onyx Club Boys - The Biggest Little Band in the Land 1937-1945

CD / Product Number: RTR4312

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 - Pete Kelly's Blues, his 25 finest 1950-59
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DICK CATHCART - Pete Kelly's Blues, his 25 finest 1950-59

CD / Product Number: RTR4308

‘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]

CLARENCE WILLIAMS - Baby, Won't You Please Come Home? - His 26 Finest
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CLARENCE WILLIAMS - Baby, Won't You Please Come Home? - His 26 Finest

CD / Product Number: RTR4303

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]

HELEN FORREST - I've Heard That Song Before - Her 25 Finest
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HELEN FORREST - I've Heard That Song Before - Her 25 Finest

CD / Product Number: RTR4302

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 JAZZBAND - Tiger Rag - Their 25 Finest 1917 - 1923
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THE ORIGINAL DIXIELAND JAZZBAND - Tiger Rag - Their 25 Finest 1917 - 1923

CD / Product Number: RTR4296

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]

McKINNEY'S COTTON PICKERS with Don Redman - Never Swat A Fly
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McKINNEY'S COTTON PICKERS with Don Redman - Never Swat A Fly

CD / Product Number: RTR4291

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]

EDMOND HALL - Profoundly Blue - Hiss 22 Finest 1937-1944
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EDMOND HALL - Profoundly Blue - Hiss 22 Finest 1937-1944

CD / Product Number: RTR4286

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.
Profoundly Blue presents a portrait of Edmond Hall’s best work during his prime years, from 1937 ... [MORE]

Liltin' MARTHA TILTON - And the Angels Sing - Her 24 Finest 1837-1955
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Liltin' MARTHA TILTON - And the Angels Sing - Her 24 Finest 1837-1955

CD / Product Number: RTR4280

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]

JAY McSHANN - Hootie's Blues - A Centenary Tribute His 27 Finest
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JAY McSHANN - Hootie's Blues - A Centenary Tribute His 27 Finest

CD / Product Number: RTR4279

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]

ABE LINCLON and his RAMPART STREET PARADERS 1953-1957
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ABE LINCLON and his RAMPART STREET PARADERS 1953-1957

CD / Product Number: RTR4275

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]

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