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FRED HUNT DUO - Blues 'n' Boogie

FRED HUNT DUO - Blues 'n' Boogie
CD / Product Number: LACD361

Pianist Fred Hunt quietly became a cult figure on the British Jazz scene. In the early 1950s he played semi-professionally before turning professional with Alex Welsh in 1954. He did two stints with the Welsh band (1954 – 1962 and 1964 -1974). During this time he carved out an enviable reputation. The Welsh band was the ‘go-to’ band for visiting Americans and so Fred played alongside, and recorded with, Bud Freeman, Wild Bill Davison, Ruby Braff and others. His style ranges from gentle to powerful coupled with his own tasteful, inventive ornamentations. He left to pursue a solo career in the 1970s. He only made two now rare, highly collectable albums under his own name before his death in 1986. This ‘live’ set shows him away from the constraints of a band and a recording studio enjoying and indulging himself often playing medleys where he alights on a standard, gains inspiration before segueing into another theme often in a variety of tempos. Highlights of Welsh band concerts were the duets he played with Alex. ‘Davenport Blues’ was one of their notable collaborations and a previously unissued version is the bonus track


All tracks arranged Fred Hunt
Personnel: Tracks 1 – 9 Fred Hunt piano Mike Bracewell drums.
Track 10 Fred Hunt piano Alex Welsh Long Model Cornet
Tracks 1–9 recorded by Mike Bracewell, The Grapes Hotel, Goosnargh, 1979
Track 10 recorded by Allan Gilmour, The Dancing Slipper, Nottingham 1968

1. St Louis Blues(Handy)
2. Glenn Miller:Moonlight Serenade(Miller)/Elmer’s Tune(Miller)/ Tuxedo Junction(Hawkins/Dash/Johnson)/Serenade In Blue(Warren)/ Chattanooga Choo Choo (Warren)
3. Send In The Clowns:As Time Goes By (Hupfeld)/ Sweet Lorraine(Parish/Burwell)/Send In The Clowns(Sondheim)
4. Lady Be Good(Gershwin)
5. Duke Ellington:Sophisticated Lady (Ellington)/ Beginning To See The Light(Hodges/James/Ellington/George)/ It Don’t Mean A Thing(Ellington)/Solitude (Ellington)/Perdido(Tizol)/ Satin Doll (Ellington/Strayhorn)/Take The ‘A’ Train (Strayhorn)/ Sophisticated Lady (Ellington)
6. Yesterdays:Yesterdays(Kern)/Yesterday When I was Young(Aznavour)/ Yesterday(Lennon/McCartney)
7. The Man I Love(Gershwin)
8. Autumn:Autumn In New York (Duke)/Early Autumn (Herman/Burns)/ Lullaby Of The Leaves(Petkere)/Autumn Leaves (Kosma)
9. Elegie(Massenet)
10.Davenport Blues(Beiderbecke)