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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]