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Red Price, Ray Warleigh & Chris Pyne w/Johnny Burch Trio: Groovin' High  (CD: Acrobat)Red Price, Ray Warleigh & Chris Pyne w/Johnny Burch Trio: Groovin' High (CD: Acrobat)
London in the mid-Sixties was well acknowledged to be a musical crucible. As all manner of stylistic ingredients got thrown into the mix, it wasn't uncommon to find jazz musicians crossing the line to work in R&B bands and pop stars in turn embracing jazz. For open-eared players, it was a boom time, both inside the studio, where their session men skills propped up many a lesser talent’ and outside, gigging in the sprawl of the capital’s many suburban jazz clubs.

• This previously unreleased recording presents what is, in essence, a microcosm of those times. Taped at North Wembley's legendary jazz mecca, The Hopbine, and centred upon that most traditional of formats – the jam session – the featured cast list makes this set anything but a dull tread over old pub-jazz ground. Take the front-line; alto saxophonist Ray Warleigh and trombonist Chris Pyne, then both in their mid-twenties, were among the most exciting new voices on the UK jazz scene, then both broadening their outlooks in the bands of blues-guru Alexis Korner and avant-garde pioneer John Stevens. (DIscovery Records) 


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Phil Seamen: Seamen's Mission (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)
Few, if any, British jazz musicians gained the legendary status that Phil Seamen gained. Certain aspects of the make-up of Phil Seamen contributed strongly to this exalted position. First of all there was his great talent as a drummer. During the 1950’s and 60’s, Phil Seamen was generally regarded as the greatest European Jazz Drummer. Phil arrived on the British jazz scene with the advant of the bebop movement , although his abilities transcended this music. He was equally at home in the very first European free-jazz combo of Joe Harriott, the traditional jazz groups of Nat Gonella, on The Rhythm And Blues of Alexis Korner or the heavy rock of Ginger Baker’s Air Force. Seamen’s personality also contributed to his elevated status. He was a unique character with a great gift of humour and sharp wit. He also played the star with conviction with a larger than life personality that allowed him to get away with it.

Another aspect that added fame as well as notoriety to the Phil Seamen phenomenon was his well known drug addiction. Seamen could handle large amounts of drugs, washing them down with a large intake of alcohol. There are countless anecdotes still told about Phil Seamen, some comic, some tragic and some apocryphal, most of them a mixture of all three. He was a born raver. (Proper Records) 


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Phil Seamen: Seamen's Mission (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)


Phil Seamen: The Late Great Phil Seamen (CD: SWP)Phil Seamen: The Late Great Phil Seamen (CD: SWP)
A compilation of highlights of arguably Europe’s greatest jazz drummer. A legend within his own lifetime, he died in 1972. Phil in bands led by Jack Parnell, Victor Feldman, Ronnie Scott, Dizzy Reece, Stan Tracey, Kenny Graham, Joe Harriott, Harold McNair, Jimmy Witherspoon. The tracks are from between 1953 and 1972, and have been lovingly remastered. A salute that is long overdue: Ladies and Gentlemen, dinner is finally being served! (SWP Records) 


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Wilton 'Bogey' Gaynair: Africa Calling (CD: Candid)
 


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Wilton 'Bogey' Gaynair: Africa Calling (CD: Candid)


Johnny Keating: British Jazz & Swinging Scots (CD: Vocalion)Johnny Keating: British Jazz & Swinging Scots (CD: Vocalion)
The albums compiled on this CD represent the first LPs composer-arranger Johnny Keating made under his own name. Keating first attracted attention in the ’50s as the Ted Heath Orchestra’s arranger, a role he continued to fill – on and off – until the early 1970s. The albums presented here feature a sizeable contingent of Ted Heath sidemen as well as notable jazz names such as Jimmy Deuchar (trumpet), Tommy Whittle, Don Rendell (tenor saxes), Ronnie Verrell (drums) and Johnny Hawksworth (bass), among others. Under Keating’s direction they display their virtuosity in impeccably executed big band numbers including Keating originals (inc. Kiltie, Strictly for Kyx, Ultraviolet), Harry Roberts’s sublime trombone vehicle Quads Talk (feat. George Chisholm, Don Lusher, Keith Christie and Maurice Pratt) and originals by Jimmy Deuchar (Tam O’ Shanter, Clachnacudan Local) and pianist/vibes player Bill Le Sage (inc. Last Resort, Good Life). (Dutton Vocalion) 


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Tony Kinsey Quartet: Fascinating Rhythm (CD: Harkit)
These sides (recorded at Decca in London in 1955 and 1956, with several Bill Le Sage originals, have been meticulously restored with brilliant sound and descriptive booklet by Peter Vacher. A real gem! (Harkit Records) 


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Tony Kinsey Quartet: Fascinating Rhythm (CD: Harkit)


Tony Crombie Group (featuring Tubby Hayes & Ronnie Scott): Jazz At The Flamingo (CD: Jasmine)Tony Crombie Group (featuring Tubby Hayes & Ronnie Scott): Jazz At The Flamingo (CD: Jasmine)
This British Modern Jazz TEMPO session from 1956 was specially recorded at the Railway Arms public house next to Decca’s West Hampstead studios to recreate the atmosphere at London’s famous Flamingo Club, then known all over the world as Britain’s leading modernist club. It was regarded as a ‘must’ for every visiting musician or fan from overseas. Led by drummer Tony Crombie, the group features both Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes on tenor-sax. Six long tracks with a running time over 50 minutes. (Jasmine Records) 


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Tony Crombie: Swinging Music In The Modern Manner (CD: Jasmine)
 


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Tony Crombie: Swinging Music In The Modern Manner (CD: Jasmine)


Tony Crombie: A Tribute (CD: Ember)Tony Crombie: A Tribute (CD: Ember)
 


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Tony Crombie: Man From Interpol (CD: Harkit)
Following on from the tremendous success of the original release from 2004 of this great score by Tony Crombie, Harkit are pleased to present an expanded version with newly available material now running to almost 80 minutes! All tracks are now stereo and a highly interesting and intriguing feature is the inclusion of the track "Eastern Journey". A song entitled "Cobwebs And Strange" performed by The Who on their UK album "A Quick One" was inspired by this tune, and a new explanatory note by Who afficionado Richard Weiner is included. This CD also incorporates the original British LP's cover art. (Harkit Records) 


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Tony Crombie: Man From Interpol (CD: Harkit)


Jimmy Deuchar: The Complete Tempo Recordings 1955-1958 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)Jimmy Deuchar: The Complete Tempo Recordings 1955-1958 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)
Trumpeter Jimmy Deuchar was one of the unsung heroes of British post-war modern jazz, both as musician, bandleader and arranger. He made his debut with the original Johnny Dankworth Seven, and in the following years enlivened some of the best bands working in Britain.

These Tempo recordings, originally released in scattered form on rare EPs, 10 inch LPs and multi-artist anthologies, form an impressive body of work and the line-ups include the cream of his contemporaries – Tony Crombie, Victor Feldman, Tubby Hayes, Derek Humble, Phil Seamen, Terry Shannon, Harry South, Stan Tracey and Ken Wray. (Discovery Records) 


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Jimmy Deuchar, Don Rendell, Dill Jones, Phil Seamen & Others: Music In The Making (CD: Jasmine)
"We want to export British jazz to America. Find the best men." That was the remit for this January 1954 TEMPO session in wintery London, England. Outside it was snowing; temperatures were minus. Thirteen of Britain’s finest Modern Jazz musicians led by trumpeter Jimmy Deuchar were assembled in a freezing studio. But by the end of the day, between them they had produced nine classic tracks, over 51 minutes of exciting Jazz and now again available on this JASMINE CD. (Jasmine Records) 


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Jimmy Deuchar, Don Rendell, Dill Jones, Phil Seamen & Others: Music In The Making (CD: Jasmine)


Jimmy Deuchar: Showcase (CD: Jasmine)Jimmy Deuchar: Showcase (CD: Jasmine)
This Jasmine collection presents 8 tracks from a 1953 session, the remaining four an April 1955 Tempo date featuring Tubby Hayes on tenor sax. 


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Jimmy Deuchar: Opus de Funk (CD: Jasmine)
 


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Jimmy Deuchar: Opus de Funk (CD: Jasmine)


Jimmy Deuchar Sextet & Quintet: Pal Jimmy! (CD: Jasmine)Jimmy Deuchar Sextet & Quintet: Pal Jimmy! (CD: Jasmine)
Another contribution from the classic British Modern Jazz trumpeter Jimmy Deuchar, the first track from a session in March 1957, the remainder from March 1958 and which first appeared on the much sought after TEMPO LP "Pal Jimmy!". Apart from Deuchar’s superb jazz stylings, Phil Seamen is the stylish drummer on all titles and Tubby Hayes makes his presence felt on the first and last four tracks. (Jasmine Records) 


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Jimmy Deuchar: The Anglo/American/Scottish Connection (CD: Hep)
A combination of Jimmy's 1979 album with Jack Parnell and Gary Cox and a 2003 tribute session which also featured his arrangements. The musicians included Colin Steele on trumpet, and Frank Griffith, Bob Martin, Jay Craig, Dave Cliff plus other leading London players. (Hep Jazz) 


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Jimmy Deuchar: The Anglo/American/Scottish Connection (CD: Hep)


Ian Hamer Sextet: Acropolis (CD: Jasmine, 2 CDs)Ian Hamer Sextet: Acropolis (CD: Jasmine, 2 CDs)
Featuring Tubby Hayes, Dick Morissey & Alan Skidmore. 


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Victor Feldman: On Vibes (CD: Mode/ VSOP)
Recorded September 1957, with Frank Rosolino (trombone), Harold Land (tenor), Carl Perkins (piano), Leroy Vinnegar (bass) & Stan Levey (drums). 


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Victor Feldman: On Vibes (CD: Mode/ VSOP)


Victor Feldman: Departure Dates (CD: Jasmine)Victor Feldman: Departure Dates (CD: Jasmine)
 


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Victor Feldman: In London, Vol.1 The Quartet (CD: Jasmine)
When Britain’s most brilliant musical export, Victor Feldman, returned to London in November, 1956, he envisaged a complete rest after some hard work in the States with Woody Herman. When he left London Airport the following January, he badly needed a holiday to recover from all the time spent in Decca’s West Hampstead studio through December. This CD reissue constitutes the results of his first three TEMPO record dates, two with a Quartet and five days afterwards the ‘Nine-tet’. Simply great British Modern Jazz, nine long tracks running over 58 minutes. (Jasmine Records) 


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Victor Feldman: In London, Vol.1 The Quartet (CD: Jasmine)


Victor Feldman: In London, Vol.2 The Big Band, The Sextet, The Quintet (CD: Jasmine)Victor Feldman: In London, Vol.2 The Big Band, The Sextet, The Quintet (CD: Jasmine)
This second volume completes the tracks recorded whilst Victor Feldman was on home leave from the Woody Herman band in the U.S. The Big Band sides were recorded in December 1956, the remainder in January 1957. Both Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott feature prominently, and Tony Crombie makes a worthy appearance. Over 63 minutes playing time. (Jasmine Records) 


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Victor Feldman: The Arrival Of (CD: Contemporary/ Fantasy)
 


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Victor Feldman: The Arrival Of (CD: Contemporary/ Fantasy)


Victor Feldman with Tom Scott: Seven Steps To Heaven (CD: Candid)Victor Feldman with Tom Scott: Seven Steps To Heaven (CD: Candid)
A 1973 recording of pianist, vibraphonist and percussionist Victor Feldman including his version of “Seven Steps to Heaven” which he wrote in conjunction with Miles Davis. Victor Feldman started his professional career as a percussionist and vibes player as a pre-teen. He went on to play alongside Benny Goodman, Cannonball Adderley, Peggy Lee and the great Miles Davis. While playing with Miles he shared the Piano seat with Herbie Hancock on the album Seven Steps to Heaven. This recording sees a more mature Victor returning to centre stage with some of his own compositions. (Proper Music) 


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Joe Harriott: The Joe Harriott Story (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)
The multi-talented Joe Harriott was a compelling and original artist, perfectly at home in any jazz context, from swinging big bands, small bebop combos and traditional jazz outfits to fusion orchestras and free jazz ensembles. Unfortunately his broad talents and achievements were met with indifferance at the time, but now his contributions to the 50s and 60s jazz scene have been fully recognized. This 4 CD set comes with a booklet with Joe Harriott's story and discographical information. There is no other comparable survey of Joe Harriott's career in the marketplace. (Proper Records) 


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Joe Harriott: The Joe Harriott Story (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)


Joe Harriott Quintet: Southern Horizons + Free Form + Abstract (CD: Fresh Sound, 2 CDs)Joe Harriott Quintet: Southern Horizons + Free Form + Abstract (CD: Fresh Sound, 2 CDs)
3 LPs digitally remastered on a double CD, recorded by Jamaican born alto sax player between 1959 and 1962. Harriott was a key innovative figure on the British modern jazz scene in the ‘50s and ‘60s – a warm, fluent and adventurous player who evolved as an exploratory musician, breaking away from conventional melodic and harmonic structures. His development of new and exciting ideas is clearly apparent during the course of these three albums.

Personnel includes Shake Keane (trumpet), Hank Shaw (trumpet) Harry South (piano) Pat Smythe (piano) Phil Seamen and Bobby Orr (drums). (Discovery Records) 


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Joe Harriott: High Spirits + Movement (CD: Vocalion, 2 CDs)
The Jamaican-born alto-saxophonist Joe Harriott was among the greatest exponents of jazz ever to have resided in the British Isles. His searing, endlessly inventive improvisations and his incredible virtuosity have secured him a place in the jazz pantheon, yet at the time of his death in 1973, he was a forgotten figure, ostracized from the wider jazz community. This was largely as a result of his excursions into what has since become known as free-form jazz, a path Joe trod in the 1960s with a passion and fervour that many of his contemporaries perceived as a waste of both his skills and energies. As often happens with visionaries such as Joe Harriott, however, the passage of time has shown that he was indeed an innovator, and that his free-from jazz explorations were not only a hugely valid musical statement but also Joe’s way of freeing himself from the shackles of Charlie Parker’s influence. As Joe himself famously remarked: “Parker? There’s them over here can play a few aces too.” And nowhere is that statement better exemplified than in the two albums collated on this Vocalion reissue.

Recorded in the early 1960s at London’s Lansdowne Studios, they feature the Joe Harriott Quintet at the very top of its game, blending free-from material with more conventional forms of modern jazz. Joe is heard alongside the inimitable Shake Keane, the Carribean-born trumpet and flugelhorn virtuoso whose like we have not seen since his death in 1997. The free-from element is represented on the 1964 Movement album by Joe’s compositions Beams, Movement and Spaces, and there’s a nod in the direction of his erstwhile employer with the inclusion of Michael Garrick’s Face in the Crowd. One of the most beautiful moments comes in Morning Blue, a hauntingly evocative Joe Harriott original that Shake Keane later re-recorded on his 1967 album That’s the Noise.

Going in the opposition direction, the Broadway musical High Spirits might seem like odd subject matter for the Joe Harriott Quintet, given its relentlessly modern outlook. Yet it’s what constituted the music on the second album in this collection, albeit resplendent in pianist Pat Smythe’s colourful, swinging arrangements. In fact, this material is ideal for both Joe and Shake in that it brings out their genius for lyrical, melodic improvisation, particularly so in such numbers from the show as If I Gave You, Home Sweet Heaven and I Know Your Heart. Sterling support is provided throughout both albums by Pat Smythe (piano), Coleridge Goode (bass) and Bobby Orr (drums). What’s more, both the Movement and High Spirits albums were originally issued in mono only, but Vocalion has sourced this reissue from the original stereo master tapes, thereby allowing this wonderful music to be heard in its true splendour. Remastered from the original stereo master tapes. (Dutton Vocalion) 


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Joe Harriott: High Spirits + Movement (CD: Vocalion, 2 CDs)


Joe Harriott & Amancio D'Silva: Hum Dono (CD: Vocalion)Joe Harriott & Amancio D'Silva: Hum Dono (CD: Vocalion)
A classic British jazz album of the late 1960s - the legendary Hum Dono recorded by alto saxophonist Joe Harriott and guitarist Amancio D’Silva. Accompanying them is a stellar line-up that includes Bryan Spring (drums), Dave Green (bass), Ian Carr (flugelhorn) and Norma Winstone (vocal), and this fascinating blend of Indian and Caribbean influences with modern jazz really is one of the high watermarks in British jazz. (Dutton Vocalion) 


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Dudley Moore & Richard Rodney Bennett: The First Orchestrations (CD: Harkit)
Known as The Bassett Hounds, they played the society circuit and made live appearances around the country. John Bassett recorded them privately in 1960 with instrumentalists, many of who were to go on to amazing heights of fame. Featured in this truly extraordinary collection, released for the very first time, are arrangements by Dudley Moore and Richard Rodney Bennett that sound remarkably fresh today. A testament to John Bassett's vision and a real joy for us to be exclusively releasing. Densely packed with wonderful sleeve notes and never before seen photographs from John's personal collection. We're betting that this will be a huge hit! (Harkit Records) 


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Dudley Moore & Richard Rodney Bennett: The First Orchestrations (CD: Harkit)


Dudley Moore Trio: Jazz Jubilee (CD: Martine Avenue)Dudley Moore Trio: Jazz Jubilee (CD: Martine Avenue)
 


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Dudley Moore Trio: Jazz, Blues & Moore (CD: Martine Avenue)
Studio recordings (originally issued by Decca) featuring Dudley with bassists Pete McGurk, Peter Morgan & drummer Chris Karan. 


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Dudley Moore Trio: Jazz, Blues & Moore (CD: Martine Avenue)


George Shearing: The London Years 1939- 1943 (CD: Hep)George Shearing: The London Years 1939- 1943 (CD: Hep)
 


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George Shearing: Conception (CD: Proper)
 


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George Shearing: Conception (CD: Proper)


George Shearing: From Battersea To Broadway (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)George Shearing: From Battersea To Broadway (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)
George Shearing's career now spans more than 65 years. This box set focuses on the first 12 years of that career. From solo piano and recordings with Stephane Grappelli, Harry Parry and Frank Weir, to his American debut in a trio setting. This box culminates with the early recordings of The George Shearing Quintet, which turned the Shearing sound into one of the most loved sounds of the 20th century. (Proper Records)

97 tracks are featured within which show what an innovator Shearing is, the 40 page booklet tells the story of this remarkable musician who fought against the odds to become a worldwide success. 


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George Shearing Quintet featuring Toots Thielemans: On The Sunny Side Of The Strip + On Stage (CD: Master Jazz)
This edition presents the George Shearing Quintet’s two amazing live performances recorded in California in March of 1958, one show at the Crescendo Club on Sunset Strip and the other a College date. Included here in their entirety, the two concerts feature the exact same personnel, (conga drummer, Armando Peraza is added as a sixth member on some numbers) showcasing Toots Thielemans, who is heard here mostly on guitar rather than harmonica. (Discovery Records) 


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George Shearing Quintet featuring Toots Thielemans: On The Sunny Side Of The Strip + On Stage (CD: Master Jazz)


George Shearing: Walkin' (CD: Telarc Jazz)George Shearing: Walkin' (CD: Telarc Jazz)
 


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George Shearing: Reflections- The Best Of (CD: Telarc Jazz)
Much of this 13-track anthology spotlights Shearing’s trio with bassist Neil Swainson and drummer Grady Tate at the Blue Note in New York City, revisiting bebop classics such as "Birdfeathers" and "Wail." It’s no surprise that Shearing comes into his own in the intimate surroundings of a jazz club. Reflections: The Best of George Shearing includes the Shearing quintet’s distinctive take on one of his best-known compositions, "Conception," a bewitching solo version of Dave Brubeck’s "Summer Song," and the lavish backdrop of Robert Farnon’s orchestra on "How Beautiful is Night." (Telarc Jazz) 


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George Shearing: Reflections- The Best Of (CD: Telarc Jazz)


The New Jazz Group, Vic Ash Quartet, Tubby Hayes & His Orchestra: Modern Jazz Scene 1956 (CD: Jasmine)The New Jazz Group, Vic Ash Quartet, Tubby Hayes & His Orchestra: Modern Jazz Scene 1956 (CD: Jasmine)
 


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Vic Ash: The Quintet & Jazz Five Studio & Live Recordings 1959-61 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)
“We were hailed as the best modern jazz outfit in Britain since the Jazz Couriers,” Vic Ash proudly remembers of The Jazz Five, the quintet he co-led with baritonist Harry Klein during 1960-62. However, for many of the group’s fans the biggest surprise lay not in how successfully the band had taken on the mantle of its celebrated predecessor, but in how its formation had prompted Ash into a seemingly overnight reinvention as a funky, Hard Bop tenor saxophonist. For close to a decade he’d been widely regarded as the UK’s top modern jazz clarinettist and was a perennial poll-winner on his chosen instrument: this new step seemed to come from out of nowhere, and as critics lined up to compare his work with that of American tenorists like Hank Mobley and Harold Land, even old friends were taken aback. “I never knew you played tenor like that!” Tubby Hayes told Ash during this period, expressing the thoughts of many.

This new Acrobat release tells the whole story of this remarkable transition, containing two PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED broadcast recordings from 1959 and 1961, adding both a prelude and postscript to The Five of Us, the Jazz Five’s sole release for Tony Hall’s famed Tempo label. Throughout the album Ash demonstrates his world-class skills on both his instruments alongside fellow British jazz luminaries including baritone saxist Herry Klein, trumpeter Ian Hamer, pianists Harry South and Brian Dee and drummer Bill Eyden. Complete with rare period photos and press cuttings, the compilation also features an extensive booklet essay by saxophonist and writer Simon Spillett, co-author of Ash’s autobiography I Blew It My Way. (Acrobat Music) 


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Vic Ash: The Quintet & Jazz Five Studio & Live Recordings 1959-61 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)


Don Rendell Sextet;, Ken Moule Seven, Tony Crombie Orchestra: Modern Jazz At The Royal Festival Hall, London (CD: Jasmine)Don Rendell Sextet;, Ken Moule Seven, Tony Crombie Orchestra: Modern Jazz At The Royal Festival Hall, London (CD: Jasmine)
 


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Ronnie Ross & Allan Ganley: The Jazz Makers/ Joe Castro: Groove Funk Soul (CD: Collectables- US Import)
 


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Ronnie Ross & Allan Ganley: The Jazz Makers/ Joe Castro: Groove Funk Soul (CD: Collectables- US Import)


Ronnie Ross: The Ronnie Ross Quintet & The Jazz Makers (CD: Acrobat)Ronnie Ross: The Ronnie Ross Quintet & The Jazz Makers (CD: Acrobat)
 


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Dick Morrissey: There And Back (CD: Ronnie Scott's Jazz House)
 


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Dick Morrissey: There And Back (CD: Ronnie Scott's Jazz House)


Dick Morrissey Quartet: Storm Warning + Here And Now And Sounding Good (CD: Vocalion, 2 CDs)Dick Morrissey Quartet: Storm Warning + Here And Now And Sounding Good (CD: Vocalion, 2 CDs)
The late Dick Morrissey was one of the finest exponents of the tenor sax ever to emerge from the ’60s British jazz scene – a player whose prowess placed him on a par with such British sax geniuses as Tubby Hayes, Alan Skidmore, Tony Coe and Pete King. Therefore, Vocalion is more than proud to present on this 2-CD set two of The Dick Morrissey Quartet’s greatest recordings. Hailing from the latter half of the ’60s, both ‘Here and Now and Sounding Good’ (1967) & ‘Storm Warning!’ (1966) were recorded for the Mercury label and find Dick in his mid-twenties, a fully-fledged jazz tenor player in the company of Harry South, the first of several musical partners, mentors and guides who enhanced Dick’s career. Phil Bates (bass) and Bill Eyden (drums) are fine players and Phil Seamen (drums) is indeed the stuff of legend. Pianist-composer Harry South’s presence is keenly felt throughout both albums, contributing four original compositions. The remainder of the material comprises music by Tubby Hayes, Stan Tracey, Ian Hamer and Dick Morrissey himself, which sits nicely alongside a few well-chosen standards. (Dutton Vocalion) 


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Bill Le Sage Trio: The Right Vibes (CD: Mainstem)
 


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Bill Le Sage Trio: The Right Vibes (CD: Mainstem)


John Dankworth Quintet: In A Mellow Tone (CD: Qnote)John Dankworth Quintet: In A Mellow Tone (CD: Qnote)
 


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John Dankworth Quintet: JD5 (CD: Qnote)
 


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John Dankworth Quintet: JD5 (CD: Qnote)


Johnny Dankworth: Three Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)Johnny Dankworth: Three Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic album series with a re-mastered 2CD release from Johnny Dankworth complete with original artwork and liner notes."The Vintage Years"; "Collaboration"; "England's Ambassador of Jazz" plus the 7" E.P. "The Criminal O.S.T". 


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John Dankworth Orchestra: Newport Jazz Festival 1959 (CD: Harkit)
There can be no more fitting tribute to the supreme talent that was Sir John Dankworth who died on February 6th 2010. Previously unreleased on CD, this wondrous collection features the band’s first appearance at the world-famous Newport Jazz Festival on a hot July evening in 1959. As a special bonus, we are including on this rush-release, the original soundtrack score for one of John Dankworth’s first film music commissions in 1960—the hard-hitting thriller “The Criminal” (U.S. title “The Concrete Jungle”). The original sleeve notes for both these releases by Nat Hentoff and Tony Barrow respectively are supplemented by a new in-depth essay by British music writer Simon Spillett. Fully illustrated 8 page colour booklet. (Harkit Records) 


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John Dankworth Orchestra: Newport Jazz Festival 1959 (CD: Harkit)


John Dankworth: What The Dickens + Off Duty (CD: Vocalion)John Dankworth: What The Dickens + Off Duty (CD: Vocalion)
 


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John Dankworth: The Zodiac Variations + The $1,000,000 Collection (CD: Vocalion)
Legendary British jazz musician, bandleader, arranger and composer John Dankworth (1927-2010) took the twelve astrological signs of the Zodiac as inspiration for his glorious big band suite ‘The Zodiac Variations’, released on the Fontana label in 1965. Recorded in London and New York, Dankworth’s band comprised a who’s-who of jazz including such famed soloists as Kenny Wheeler and Clark Terry (trumpets/flugelhorns), Zoot Sims and Ronnie Scott (tenor saxes), Bob Brookmeyer (trombone) and Ronnie Ross (baritone sax). From two years later comes Dankworth’s ‘The $1,000,000 Collection’ album (1967), which forms another important entry in the Dankworth canon. On this occasion the inspiration for Dankworth’s original compositions was derived from the world of painting and art, and the cream of Britain’s jazzmen were on-hand to perform Dankworth’s scores. Among the personnel are Mike Gibbs and Chris Pyne (trombones), Tony Coe, Ray Swinfield and Tony Roberts (reeds), Laurie Holloway (piano) and Henry Lowther (trumpet). (Dutton Vocalion) 


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John Dankworth: The Zodiac Variations + The $1,000,000 Collection (CD: Vocalion)


Cleo Laine & John Dankworth: I Hear Music (CD: Salvo, 4 CDs)Cleo Laine & John Dankworth: I Hear Music (CD: Salvo, 4 CDs)
There are no musicians in British jazz who are better known both at home and abroad than Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth. In addition, few other musicians anywhere come close to the extraordinary stylistic range they encompass. In the autumn of 2007, they both celebrate their 80th birthdays, and this box set celebrates the long and distinguished musical careers that they have both led up to this point.

Blessed with both a natural jazz instinct and an extraordinary range covering several octaves, Dame Cleo is one of the outstanding singers of our times. Her husky low notes and astonishing forays in the upper registers make her voice uniquely identifiable. She makes the most intelligent use of an eclectic span of material and her recordings are always filled with delightful surprises.

One of Britain’s major jazz (and soundtrack) composers, arrangers and musicians, John has always worked at the top end of the spectrum in both the music that he has written and with whom he chose to perform, a list that includes everyone from Duke Ellington to Craig David! His active musical life, which also includes many concerts and recordings with his wife, shows no signs of abating and he remains a major presence on the British jazz scene. Indeed, their musical and marital partnership has helped to keep them at the very top of their game. (Discovery Records) 


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Cleo Laine & Johnny Dankworth: Three Early LP's And More (CD: Avid, 2 CDs)
Three classic early albums in their entirety along with some extra bonus material and completely re-mastered for your listening pleasure. Cleo Laine kicks the first CD set off with an early EP entitled “The April Age” before launching into her 1957 album “ She’s The Tops”, which of course she was, and indeed, still is! We conclude CD1 with a selection from John Dankworth & His Orchestra before heading into CD2 with the complete albums “Journey Into Jazz” and “5 Steps To Heaven”. These three classic albums feature the cream of British jazz playing in the 1950’s. (AVID Entertainment) 


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Cleo Laine & Johnny Dankworth: Three Early LP's And More (CD: Avid, 2 CDs)

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