BRITISH TRADITIONAL JAZZ - At A Tangent Volume 9 - The Mainstream Bands
Vol. 9 of the AT A TANGENT series is devoted to the MAINSTREAM bands involved in British Jazz. ‘Mainstream’ was a term coined in the 1950s to denote a more arranged Jazz sitting somewhere between Traditional/Dixieland and Bebop/Modern. It is akin to small band Swing and the main protagonist in the UK is always held to be Humphrey Lyttelton, but Kenny Baker and others were playing in the style before Humph did. The problem is that very few working bands played in the style, but a number of radio and recording groups were regularly assembled. This CD, containing several previously unreleased tracks, sits arch-Mainstreamers like Humph and Fairweather-Brown alongside Beboppers such as John Dankworth and John Cox’s band to show that there was considerable cross-over. The CD contains some excellent music and helps to dispel some myths.
Tracks 1-5, 8 and 9 are previously unreleased.
Tracks 1 - 2 THE FAIRWEATHER- BROWN ALL STARS
Al Fairweather , trumpet Sandy Brown, clarinet Tony Milliner, trombone Brian Lemon, piano Brian Prudence, bass Terry Cox, drums. Recorded 1 November 1962.
Tracks 3,4,5 SANDY BROWN’S JAZZ BAND
Al Fairweather, trumpet Sandy Brown, clarinet Tony Milliner, trombone Stan Greig, piano Al McPake, guitar Tim McMann, bass Graham Burbidge, drums. Recorded 25 October 1957.
Tracks 6 - 7 HUMPHREY LYTTELTON and HIS BAND
Humphrey Lyttelton, trumpet Dave Castle, alto sax Tony Coe, tenor sax Joe Temperley baritone sax (tk6), tenor sax (tk7) Ian Armit, piano Pete Blannin, bass Eddie Taylor, drums. Recorded 3 November 1961.
As tracks 6 - 7 except Tony Coe and Dave Castle add Danny Moss, tenor sax Joe Temperley, baritone sax. Recorded unknown, probably Autumn 1962.
Tracks 9 - 10
As tracks 6 - 7 except omit Dave Castle Joe Temperley, baritone sax. Recorded 21 March 1963.
Track 11 DILL JONES TRIO
Dill Jones, piano Major Holley, bass Phil Seaman, drums. Recorded 7 September 1956.
Tracks 12 - 15 KENNY BAKER’S DOZEN
Kenny Baker/Tommy McQuater, trumpets George Chisholm/Jack Armstrong, trombones Harry Hayes/Keith Bird/Derek Collins/Harry Klein/E.O. ‘Poggy’ Pogson, reeds Norman Stanfelt, piano Lennie Bush, bass Phil Seaman, drums. Add Bill Le Sage, vibes (tk 15). Recorded 26 March 1957.
Track 13 KENNY BAKER’S ENSEMBLE
Kenny Baker, trumpet Keith Christie, trombone Bruce Turner, alto sax Jimmy Skidmore, tenor sax Fred Hartz, baritone sax Dill Jones, piano Ike Isaacs, guitar Jack Fallon, bass Phil Seaman, drums. Recorded 18 January 1956.
Track 14 BAKER’S HALF DOZEN
Kenny Baker, trumpet George Chisholm, trombone Bruce Turner, alto sax Eddie Thompson, piano Lennie Bush, bass Phil Seaman, drums. Recorded unknown October 1957.
Tracks 17,18,19 FAT JOHN’S JAZZ BAND
John Pritchard, trumpet John Mumford, trombone Dave Castle, alto and tenor saxes, clarinet Ronnie Duff, piano Vernon Bown, bass John Cox, drums. Recorded 2 July 1962.
Tracks 20 - 21 THE JOHN DANKWORTH SEVEN
Jimmy Deucher, trumpet Eddie Harvey, trombone John Dankworth, alto sax Don Rendell, tenor sax Bill Le Sage, piano Eddie Dawson, bass Tony Kinsey, drums. Recorded 12 July 1951.
Track 22 GEORGE CHISHOLM and HIS JIVE FIVE
Tommy McQuater, trumpet George Chisholm, trombone Benny Winestone, clarinet, alto sax, Eddie McCauley, piano Tiny Winters, bass Dudley Barber, drums. Recorded: 12 October 1938.
2. Airmail Special
3. Russian Lullaby
4. Squeeze Me
5. September in the Rain
6. Do the Beaulieu
7. New Saturday Jump
8. Jeep's Blues
9. Bei Mir Bist du Schoen
10. Swingin' on the Gate
12. Bugler's Lament
13. Time's A-Wastin'
14. Act One, Scene One
15. Too Cool For the Blues
16. 'Deed I Do
18. Chicken 'n' Dumplings
19. The Theme
20. I Hear Music
21. Leon Bismark