This album represents some of the finest acoustic jazz from the 1950s, played by one of the British Jazz scene’s great eccentrics, maverick,cartoonist, broadcaster, and individual guitar player, William 'Diz' Disley. He fulfilled and ambition to have a group based on Django Reinhardt’s famous Quintette Du Hot Club De France and formed his String Quintet around 1956 mainly to play for his own enjoyment, but “we found after a season as interval group at the Humphrey Lyttelton Club in London that people seemed to go for the music and before we knew what was happening we were doing loads of broadcasts……”. The Quintet also has its own club in the London suburb of Wood Green. The group you hear on this CD was in existence between 1958 and 1960. Diz reformed the group in 1983.
The first set of recordings was made for Doug Dobell’s 77 Records label and amply illustrate the cohesion achieved by the group. Popularity led to the group being offered a contract by Denis Preston for the Jazz Today series he was releasing on the Pye label, one of the major UK labels. The repertoire ranges from standard Swing numbers to tunes associated with Reinhardt and Grappelli.
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