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In the heady days of the Trad Boom of the late 1950s/early 1960s there were the three big names Ball, Barber and Bilk, but running alongside was Terry Lightfoot. The term ‘Trad’ was invented for the Lightfoot band (it was the title of an made in 1958). Terry regularly beat Acker Bilk as top Jazz clarinetist in the Melody Maker Readers’ Poll. This CD is part of LAKE’s continuing ‘Vintage’ series and presents the first recordings made by the band as a semi-professional unit. They seemed to go in at the top because the recordings were made at the Royal Festival Hall. Their talent and ability is self-evident. They were quickly snapped up by legendary record Producer, Denis Preston, and signed for the major Pye label and shortly afterwards they turned professional. As well as the early Pye recordings there are rare recordings made under a pseudonym for the small 77 label. The trumpeters on this collection are both legends of British Jazz, Sonny Morris and Colin Smith.

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Tracks
Wabash Blues; Lady Be Good; Tishomingo Blues; One Sweet Letter From You; When You’re Smiling; Texas Moaner Blues; Minor Chant; My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It; Good Time Swing; Little Brown Jug; Yellow Dog Blues; You Always Hurt The One You Love; Mood Indigo; Avalon; After You’ve Gone; St. James Infirmary Blues; We’ll Understand It Better Bye And Bye; Winter Wonderland; I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

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