Jazz » Retrospective
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]