THE JAKE LEG JUG BAND NEXT STOP! LACD330 The Jake Leg Jug Band brings you authentic sounds of 1920s and 30s America - Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Ragtime - and puts its own twist on it. Songs about murder, betrayal, gambling, liquor and redemption. The Jake Leg Jug Band's reputation as a lively, feel-good band is rapidly growing. The band's performance at the Congleton Jazz & Blues Festival drew the following comment: "Their image, style, and performance was wonderful and you really did buy into the prohibition-era feel of their set....wonderful sounds!" Recorded as part of the Vintage Recording Project.
THE CLYDE VALLEY STOMPERS A JAZZ CLUB SESSION AND CONCERT WITH THE CLYDE VALLEY STOMPERS LACD329 **DOUBLE CD FOR THE PRICE OF ONE** The Clyde Valley Stompers was Scotland's most popular and successful bands during the Trad era achieving chart success on three occasions. Disc 1 of this compilation contains recordings made at Nottingham's Dancing Slipper Jazz Club. Excellently recorded, much like LACD326 with Bob Wallis & His Storyville Jazz Band, it give a rare glimpse of a band away from its 'commercial' side in a Jazz Club playing what it wants to in relaxed circumstances. The band plays extremely well and shows just what good musicians were in the band.
Disc 2 Is largely made up of a concert which marked the retirement from the band of founder member, Ian Menzies. The band plays to a very enthusiastic crowd. The compilation is rounded off by three previously unreleased tracks and their last hit single.
VARIOUS AT A TANGENT VOL.4 - THE TERRITORY BANDS LACD327 Continuing the 'additions' to the triple album set 'A POTTED HISTORY OF BRITISH TRADITIONAL JAZZ' (LACD300) this collection take a snapshot view of the large number of bands which were formed in various part of the country as a result of the interest in Traditional Jazz. Aside from the major bands these local bands were the backbone of the scene often playing weekly in a local club. Some like Bristol's Avon Cities Jazz Band achieved some national recognition and landed recording contracts while others, like Carlisle's Gateway Jazz Band were rooted in their region. Some produced musicians who went on to greater things: John Barnes emerged from the Zenith 6 to become one of the UK's leading Jazz reedmen. The trumpet player in Bill Croft's band based in Newcastle Upon Tyne was John Walters went on to be a BBC producer working with John Peel. Some had a long lifespan whilst others were quite shortlived. There are many such bands still around today.
This CD contains many rare tracks and some released for the very first time.
BOB WALLIS & HIS STORYVILLE JAZZMEN A JAZZ CLUB SESSION WITH BOB WALLIS & HIS STORYVILLE JAZZMEN LACD326 ****DOUBLE CD FOR THE PRICE OF ONE**** Another in the series of recordings made by Allan Gilmour at the Dancing Slipper Jazz Club in Nottingham. The Storyville Jazzmen were at the very commercial end of the Trad Jazz period and these recordings are quite a revelation in that they show the band away from the concert stage and in a Jazz club "letting its hair down", playing some spirited Jazz and enjoying itself. It was a band of quality musicians and these well recorded sides show much better than its commercial recordings just what it was capable of.
CHRIS BARBER CHRIS BARBER 1961-62 LACD325 DOUBLE CD FOR THE PRICE OF ONE. The next in line in the 'YEAR' series. This covers the period when the Barber band made it's last recordings as part of the Lansdowne Jazz Series for Denis Preston's Record Supervision Ltd. It includes the EP 'Introducing Ian' featuring reed player, Ian Wheeler, plus the one featuring the boss himself, 'In Barber's Chair'. Also included are the tracks from the LP 'Best Yet', an LP recorded in Budapest' and several singles including the two tracks from the film 'It's Trad Dad'. At least one track is previously unissued.
CHRIS BARBER CHRIS BARBER 1959-60 LACD324 DOUBLE CD FOR THE PRICE OF ONE. The Trad Boom is taking off and in 1959 Chris Barber had few serious rivals. The collection includes the first LP made under Denis Preston's Lansdowne Jazz Series by the Barber band. It also features three EPs one each featuring Monty Sunshine, Pat Halcox and Ottile Patterson. Also included are three tracks Chris Barber himself made in New York with the surviving members of Clarence Williams's band for the 1920s. There some previously unreleased tracks plus four from a concert in Detroit.
CHRIS BARBER'S JAZZ BAND CLASSIC CONCERTS REVISITED LACD323 ****DOUBLE CD FOR THE PRICE OF ONE****This is a reissue of LACD210 with some extra tracks, previously unissued, which were discovered recently. The concerts are Berlin 1959, Copenhagen 1960 and London (Palladium) 1961. All very much sought after with the Copenhagen concert only previously appearing on CD on LACD210. It's the usual team of Ottilie Patterson, Monty Sunshine, Pat Halcox et al. The London concert sees the introduction of Ian Wheeler and features his superb duet with Joe Harriot on 'S Wonderful'. Great British Jazz.
MIKE DANIELS & HIS DELTA JAZZ BAND MIKE ON MIKE LACD322 Mike Daniels led one of the best bands during the Trad era. He remained steadfastly semi-professional and pursued a policy of playing Classic Jazz from the Armstrong/Oliver/Morton period. No slavish copyist, though, Mike Daniels' band interpreted the music in its own style. Despite the semi-pro status the band made one LP and one single for major labels. Both are included here plus six 'vintage' tracks from the band's early period 1949/50. The band, of course, included one of the UK's best reed players, John Barnes. This is well-played hot Jazz.
THE NICHOLS-DUFFEE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ ORCHESTRA ONE MORE TIME LACD321 Number 3 in the Vintage Recording Project (LACDs 289 & 311 are the others). This CD features music played in the style of the orchestras of Fletcher Henderson, McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, Duke Ellington’s Cotton Club Orchestra, et al played some of the leading exponents of the genre from six different countries who all came together for the Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party..
Trumpets: Duke Heitger (USA), Enrico Tomasso (UK), Andy Schumm (USA)
Trombones: Kristoffer Kompen (Norway), Alistair Allan (UK)
Reeds: Jean-Francois Bonnel (France), Stephane Gillot (France), Michael McQuaid (Australia), Matthias Seuffert (Germany)
Piano/ Arranger: Keith Nichols (UK)
Banjo/Guitar/Vocals: ‘Spats’ Langham (UK)
Double Bass/Sousaphone: Malcolm Sked (UK)
Drums/ Arranger: Josh Duffee (USA)
Recorded on a single mic as it would have been in the early 1930s there are two CDs in the jewel case: one version in mono and the other in stereo.
VARIOUS DEALING WITH THE DEVIL'S MUSIC - BLUESMEN IN BRITAIN LACD320 The late 1950s and into the 1960s saw a burgeoning Blues scene in Britain which provided a touring outlet for American Blues artists. This CD showcases four of them, Little Brother Montgomery, Jimmy Cotton, Memphis Slim and Speckled Red. The Little Brother Montgomery and Jimmy Cotton sides appear for the first time on CD and the Memphis Slim and Speckled Red sides have never been issued before.