George Lewis inspired and influenced a generation of European musicians. There was something almost mystical about the aura this modest man projected through his music. This Portrait of the Master features seven key sessions both with Bunk Johnson's bands and his own, ranging from 1942 and 1959 to give a key feel for the man and his work. The CD includes previously unavailable 'live' material of the 1959 band in Germany - plus one track with The Ken ... [MORE]
The Ken Colyer Trust New Orleans Jazz Band with special guests in a concert of music recorded at Sand Bay over the Easter Weekend in 2000. The players are Allan Beechey, cornet - John Wiseman, trombone - Malc Hurrell, banjo - Micky Ashman, string bass - Malc Murphy, drums with guests Ian Wheeler, clarinet and harmonica, John Clarke, piano. Alan Robinson plays clarinet on track 9. [MORE]
For this third Upbeat Portrait CD, we have chosen a New Orleans musician whose prodigious talent was probably the only one to rival the great Louis Armstrong. There are three sessions featured here giving a rounded glimpse at his overall style and performance - the first recorded in New York with Noble Sissie's Swingsters in 1937, the second in Paris in 1949 with Sydney Bechet and his Feetwarmers and the third with the Sidney Becket Trio in Paris in 1952. ... [MORE]
WINNER BIRMINGHAM JAZZ AWARD 2005 for the best re-issue CD!!!
In this third Upbeat volume of rare Alex Welsh broadcast material we are fortunate to be able to include, besides more radio recordings, soundtrack from the acclaimed BBCTV Jazz 625 series which in some cases only exists in this form. We can witness how at home visiting American jazzmen were with this fine band, first the urbane Bud Freeman, a regular visitor to these shores, and ... [MORE]
This CD is a landmark in jazz history as it documents the first time a British jazzman recorded with American musicians in an informal setting. The thirteen tracks included here, cut privately at the Baldwin Company's Midtown studios, thanks to Vic Lewis' initiative, give a rare insight into the sort of ambience created at that time on 52nd Street and captured in part by Alistair Cooke's momentous transatlantic broadcast jam ... [MORE]
This second Upbeat selection of rare Alex Welsh radio material, following URCD175 Oh! Baby, features the line-up that became known as his second 'classic' band, which gained a such reputation internationally that they were invited to play at the prestigious Newport Jazz Festival in 1968. They became the first choice of visiting American guests looking for first class accompaniment - the likes of Pee Wee Russell, Red Allen and Bud Freeman were ... [MORE]
These recordings date from 30th May 1957 and were recorded at Eel Pie Island Jazz Club. Ken Colyer considered this line-up to be the best he ever had - and I am sure you will agree after listening to this CD! The personnel are Ken Colyer, Trumpet, vocals, Ian Wheeler, clarinet, Mac Duncan, trombone, Johnny Bastable, banjo, Ron Ward, bass, Colin Bowden, drums.Classic Years Volume 1 is on URCD149 and Volume 3 is URCD202. [MORE]
Mac Duncan was one of a handful of home-spun musicians to have been inspired by what is now called the 'jazz revival' just after WWII, yet he rarely played in the same band for very long! Hold and fearless, he played with heartfelt simplicity and unfaltering conviction. On this CD we can hear all the atmosphere of one of those popular Napier Saturday nights recaptured on a recording that conveys the energy and enthusiams which made their sessions so ... [MORE]
When a small group was assembled to accompany Louis Armstrong in 1946, in an attempt to recapture Sachmo's early years in Storyville, the obvious choice on trombone was his old boss Kid Ory. Sachmos described Ory as the greatest slideman ever born - and this Portrait, with recordings from 1921, 1944 and 1971, demonstrates his skill and passion as well as his longevity! Artists on this recording include ‘PAPA’ MUTT CAREY – TR ‘KID’ ORY – TRBN DINK JOHNSON ... [MORE]
Excellent CD - Jimmy Rushing at his best with Humph and the band on top form too. Great night, great atmosphere. Excellent research and notes from Mike Pointon.
The players are Humphrey Lyttelton, trumpet, Tony Coe, clarinet, alto sax, Jimmy Skidmore, tenor sax, John Picard, trombone, Ian Armit, piano, Brian Brocklehurst, bass, Eddie Taylor, drums [MORE]
When The Temperance Seven appeared in the Arthur Haynes Show on the old BBC Light Programme in the autumn of 1962, they had already notched up two unexpected hits in the best-seller charts the previous year and appeared on the Royal Variety Performance. This CD features great BBC Broadcast moments from the classic band of 1962-1963.
Personnel - Cephas Howard, tr/euph, John R.T. Davies, trmbn/alto sax, Mac White, cl/alto/bar sax, Ray Whittam, ... [MORE]
Monty Sunshine with his distinctive white mouthpiece and sardonic repartee has been a key figure in British jazz for more than half a century. This CD features two Sunshine line-ups recorded at different periods in different countries, both reflecting the band's renowned dynamic approach. BBC recordings from 1961 and 1962 plus NDR recordings from 1967. Personnel include Monty Sunshine, clarinet Rod Mason, trumpet, Graham Stewart, trombone, Johnny Parker, ... [MORE]
Volume 9 in this popular series looks at BBC tapes representing the revival of interest in small-band jazz from the 50s and 60s. This CD is a mixture of traditional and mainstream jazz from 5 great bands - KEN COLYER ALL STAR JAZZ BAND - THE SAINTS JAZZ BAND - MICK MULLIGAN with GEORGE MELLY - DIZ DISLEY QUINTET and MIKE DANIELS DELTA JAZZ BAND [MORE]
The airshots you will hear on this album represent aspects of British middle-period jazz at its best. The keynote to this album is good taste and, as the immortal PG Wodehouse might have said, you'll find it here in spades! BBC broadcasts from 1955-1960 featuring the following bands - HUMPHREY LYTTELTON AND HIS BAND, BRUCE TURNER QUARTET, FAIRWEATHER-BROWN ALL STARS - full details inside. [MORE]
Sonny Morris sessions recorded in Germany between 1999 and 2000. The band consisted of friends and colleagues including Dickie Bishop vocals, Sonny Morris trumpet, Sven Küpper trombone, Ian Wheeler clarinet, Ray Smith piano, Gunter Barfuss double bass, Lutz Eikelmann drums. Tracks 1-8 were recorded in 2000.
There are also 8 tracks recorded in 1999 featuring Sonny with Mitch Kreilein, Michael Schneider, Sandra Himsredt, Lutz Eikelmann (sousaphone) and ... [MORE]
These unique performances were recorded in a Dusseldorf Bierkeller in 1955 and feature a terrific line-up - KEN COLYER, Trumpet and vocals, MAC DUNCAN, Trombone, IAN WHEELER, Clarinet, DIZ DISLEY, Banjoand Guitar, MUKKI HERMAN, Bass, STAN GREIG, Piano, Drums, BILL COLYER, Drums. Ted Kendall has done a terrific job cleaning up the original tape and none of the original spirit of the occasion has been lost in the process. This CD was voted in top ten best ... [MORE]
Pete Allen has been leading his own band for many years - but the line-up on this CD is possibly his best ever! Pete Allen, cl, sop alto sax, vocs, Ben Cummings, trumpet, Richard Leach trbn, Dave Moorwood, banjo, gtr, Geoff Hull bs, Brian Price drs, vocs, Susan Valliant Speer vocals. Recorded in 2001 it has a running time of 61.14 minutes spread over 15 fantastic tracks! [MORE]
Following the popularity of our Wireless Days album featuring rare recordings of Chris Barber's 60s band (URCD146), fresh archive material has been discovered from the same period - and forms the basis for this album collection. The band features Chris Barber, trombone with Pat Halcox, trumpet, Ian Wheeler, clarinet, alto sax, Eddie Smith, banjo, Dick Smith, string bass, Graham Burbidge, drums, Ottilie Patterson, vocals. Guests: Fred Hunt, piano ... [MORE]
The first of our popular Portrait Series, this CD showcases several facets of Mutt Carey's later achievements: fronting the Ory band, as a sensitive blues accompanist and, perhaps at his peak, leading his own New Yorkers on mewly re-mastered sides which are finally re-available after many years! The band features some jazz greats - Thomas ‘Mutt’ Carey, trumpet, Joe Darensbourg, clarinet, Kid Ory, trombone, Buster Wilson, piano, Bud Scott, guitar, Ed ... [MORE]
Alex Welsh was one of the first musicians to make British jazz a force to be reckoned with on the International scene and in recent years several of his albums have been re-issued. The tracks on this album represent an interesting synthesis of the Condon spirit heard on the early Welsh recordings and the more mainstream style he adopted with later line-ups. Featuring tracks from two broadcasts - 1979 and 1981 - from the BBC Sounds of Jazz programme. The ... [MORE]
In 1958 the legendary jazz singer Jimmy Rushing came to Britain at Humph's invitation to appear with his band. It was his second tour with the band and before he left he did a broadcast with Humph on the BBC's regular Jazz Club programme. Now released for the first time of disc, these recordings are simply terrific! The CD features Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band plus The Humphrey Lyttelton Big Band both with Jimmy Rushing
All in all, (this is ... [MORE]
One of the best selling Upbeat Jazz CDs ever!
This is the much requested reissue of URCD111 presenting 21 tracks of Ken Colyer's Jazzmen at their very best at the BBC. There are Jazz Club tracks from 1955, 1959 and 1960 plus Break for Jazz tracks from 1957 and BBC TV recordings from 1956. The personnel for these recordings include KEN COLYER, TRP, GRAHAM STEWART, TRBN, SAMMY RIMINGTON, CLT, RAY FOXLEY, PNO, JOHNNY BASTABLE BJO, ... [MORE]
Our trawl through the BBC archives has found these vinyl disc transcriptions of broadcasts made available for distribution through the BBC Transcription Unit, and this is what we have for you now as volume 8 in the popular BBC Jazz Club series. The bands here are Humphrey Lyttelton and his Band 1954 - The Sandy Brown Band 1957 and Mick Mulligan with George Melly 1958. Sit back and enjoy! [MORE]
After the BBC Jazz Club series of 6 volumes, we thought we should be looking at BBC available tapes to represent the revival of small-band jazz from the 70s and 80s. This we have done balancing a mixture of traditional and mainstream jazz, compiled in the spirit in which they were presented by the BBC. The bands here are KEN COLYER ALL STAR JAZZ BAND - GRAHAM STEWART SEVEN - THE MIKE DANIELS DELTA JAZZ BAND and THE CY LAURIE BAND. 19 tracks in all lasting ... [MORE]
These are the Dieter Kreuter tapes volume 2 recorded at Studio 51 on 8th August 1958 (volume 1 is on URCD167 - In The Sweet Bye and Bye.) The band here is the classic Colyer line-up - KEN COLYER, TR, VOC, GTR, IAN WHEELER, CL, MAC DUNCAN, TRMB, JOHNNY BASTABLE, BAN, RAY FOXLEY, PIANO, RON WARD, BASS, COLIN BOWDEN, DRS, WASHBOARD. Great music, not to be missed! [MORE]