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Alan Branscome (1964) Alan Branscombe was born into a musical family in Cheshire on June 4th, 1936. He began to play drums at four, alto sax at twelve and did ENSA tours as a child. He played gigs on piano and alto sax as a schoolboy and left school at sixteen to work in various bands until he became an Army musician (1954 to 1956). Whilst in the Army he came into contact with bass player Jeff Clyne who introduced him to the closed circle of London based jazzmen that included Tubby Hayes and Jackie Sharpe. His talent was obvious and after working with other provincial bands and on cruise ships he settled in London and joined the Vic Ash Sextet in summer 1958 playing piano, vibes, alto and tenor saxes.
Leaving Vic Ash in the Autumn of 1959 he spent nine months in Tony Kinsey's Quartet and then joined Johnny Dankworth's band in 1960 playing piano and vibes. He spent nearly five years with Dankworth working occasionally with Tony Crombie and the Downbeat Big Band and the Harry South Big Band (1965). Dankworth encouraged him to play the alto sax, an instrument on which he could always produce a clear commanding sound with great presence and a stylish approach to improvisation. He was equally proficient on vibes and was much in demand as a freelance playing on many recording and television sessions. He often worked at Ronnie Scott's Club and recorded with Stan Tracey and Tubby Hayes and played in Tubby's big band in 1969. He was also in demand by visiting US musicians including Benny Golson, Zoot Sims and Al Cohn. In 1970 he toured Europe with Stan Getz. Further work followed in the Bobby Lamb - Ray Premru Big Band, Ian Hamer's Sextet, and with Stan Tracey and Tony Kinsey.
Despite persistent ill-health and suffering injuries in a fall he continued to freelance through the 1970s and occasionally co-led a quintet with Jackie Sharpe. He died on October 27th, 1986 after spending much of his final year of life in hospital.


Alan Branscombe's first name job was with the Vic Ash Sextet. Vic, in his biography I Blew it my Way said of Alan Branscombe: "the band (Vic Ash Sextet) was a popular attraction at the London clubs and got praise from the musical press .... most praise was for Alan Branscombe, however. In spite of his habit of rarely practising he was always brilliant. He would sometimes not touch the vibes or saxophones for months, then come out and play them to perfection. Sadly Alan had succumbed to the hard drug scene to such an extent that he had run out of available veins in his arms and was forced to inject between his toes. He...died young and is greatly missed.... in the late nineteen fifties many jazz musicians got hooked because they saw drugs as an entree into the upper echelons of the modern jazz world...".


In January 1987, "Ronnie Scott's" club magazine carried a sincere tribute to Branscombe which also pointed out "Alan suffered with ill health all his life, and in a serious fall fractured his skull, resulting in a loss of memory. He had to re-learn how to play again, and gradually he regained much of his former technique. He had even more misfortune when he was mugged and rendered unconscious".
Musician Jack Sharpe wrote in the same tribute "Alan Branscombe was a gentle and well loved man. Music was his life and he was not really able to cope with the rough and tumble of normal living. His survival to the age of fifty was, in some ways, surprising..."

Vic Ash Sextet - September, 1958 (All the Winners - Nixa NJT518) (JM0559)
Ian Hamer (tp), Johnny Scott (fl), Vic Ash (cl), Alan Branscombe (p), Spike Heatley (b), Dave Pearson (d).
Just For The Boys*. (Other titles on this LP by others).
(*Vocalion CD - Jazz Today - Buddy Featherstonhaugh, Harry Klein and others)

Tubby Hayes Octet - December 21st, 1958 (Possibly recorded at the Flamingo Club, London)
Stu Hamer, Les Condon (tp), Alan Branscombe (as), Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott (ts), Terry Shannon (p), Jeff Clyne (b), Bill Eyden (d).
Sonny Sounds*.
(*Acrobat CD - Tubby Hayes - Without A Song (Rare Live recordings 1954-73)

London Jazz Quartet - May 14th, 1959 (London Jazz Quartet - Tempo TAP28)
Tubby Hayes (as, ts, vib, fl), Alan Branscombe (as, ts, vib,p), Jack Fallon (b), Tony Crombie (d,p).
On The Beat*/Slick Riff*/Sadie's Song*/The Toff*#^/Wait And See*/Fishin' The Blues*/Lakeland*/Cheeky Chappie*/The Baron's Blues*/Mirage*/Autumn In Cuba*/Let Nature Take It's Course*/Big Ben Bounce*/London Lament*..
(#Ember CD - Tony Crombie - A Tribute)
(^Fantastic Voyage 2 CD set - Ember Jazz - The Flamingo Connection)
(*Fantastic Voyage 3 CD set - Tubby Hayes - Jazz Genius: the Flamingo Era)

(*Acrobat 6CD Box set - Tubby Hayes - The Complete Tempo Recordings 1955-59)
(*Real Gone Jazz 4CD set - Tubby Hayes Vol.2 - Five Classic Albums plus bonus eps and tracks)

Vic Lewis and his Group - June 24th, 1959 (Concept VL5)
Eddie Blair, Les Condon (tp), George Chisholm (tb), Roy East (as), Ronnie Scott (ts), Ronnie Ross (bs), Alan Branscombe (p), Bill Sutcliffe (b), Dave Pearson (d), Vic Lewis (dir).
I Never Knew A Love Like This/Salt Peanuts/Mound Bayou/Little Girl/Pennsylvania Turnpike*/Stanhope Place*.
(*Vocalion CD - Vic Lewis & His Big Band - Tea Break, Back Again & Jazz From Two Sides)

The Downbeat Big Band - November 14th, 1959
Bobby Pratt, Les Condon, Hank Shaw, Eddie Blair (tp), Hank Stampf (tb,bs-tp), Alan Branscombe (as), Tubby Hayes, Johnny Scott (ts), Jack Sharpe (bs), Terry Shannon (p), Jeff Clyne (b), Phil Seamen (d).
Along Came Betty*/The Scene Is Clean*/East Of The Sun*/Southern Horizons*/Blues At The Manor*/Confirmation*/"E"*.
("Acrobat CD - Blues At The Manor 1959-60 Tubby Hayes and the Downbeat Big Band)

Tony Kinsey Quartet - November 18th, 1959 (BBC Transcription)
Alan Branscombe (as), Bill Le Sage (vib), Kenny Napper (b), Tony Kinsey (d,perc).
Bandstand*/Foursome*/Dancing On The Ceiling*/Taboo*.
(*Vocalion CD - BBC Rare transcription recordings (1959) Volume One)

Tony Kinsey Quartet - December 7th, 1959 (Parlophone GEP8805) (JM1160)
Alan Branscombe (as), Bill Le Sage (vib), Jack Fallon (b), Tony Kinsey (d).
Foursome*/The Campbells Are Coming*/Mooching*/Uh Ho*/Band Stand*/Man For Ghana*.
(*Acrobat 6CD set - The Tony Kinsey Collection 1953 - 1961)

The Downbeat Big Band - September 1st, 1960 (BBC Jazz Club)
Bobby Pratt, Les Condon, Jimmy Deuchar, Eddie Blair (tp), Keith Christie (tb), Alan Branscombe (as), Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott (ts), Jack Sharpe (bs), Terry Shannon (p), Jeff Clyne (b), Victor Feldman (d).
AH Bah Chu*/East Of The Sun*/Confirmation*/Loke Someone In Love*/Une Momentum*/Southern Horizons*/Sister Sadie*.
("Acrobat CD - Blues At The Manor 1959-60 Tubby Hayes and the Downbeat Big Band)

Harry South Orchestra - BBC broadcast November 10th, 1960
Jimmy Deuchar, Derrick Abbott, Ian Hamer, Bert Courtley (tp), Keith Christie, Lad Busby, Ken Wray, Ray Premru (tb), Alan Branscombe, Joe Harriott (as), Ronnie Scott (ts), Tubby Hayes (ts,fl), Ronnie Ross (bs),Terry Shannon (p) Harry South (p,dir), Phil Bates (b), Jackie Dougan (d).
Sophisticated Lady*/The Goblin*.
(*IAJRC CD -Tubby Hayes, England's Late Jazz Great)

Johnny Dankworth Orchestra - 1960 (Roulette/Columbia)
Dickie Hawdon, Kenny Wheeler, Gus Galbraith (tp), Tony Russell, Eddie Harvey, Ian McDonald (tb), Ron Snyder (tu), Johnny Scott (f,pic), Johnny Dankworth, Peter King (as), Danny Moss, Art Ellefson (ts), Ronnie Ross (bs), Alan Branscombe (p), Spike Heatley (b), Ronnie Stephenson (d).
The Avengers Theme*/Chano.
(*Roulette CD - The Best of the Roulette years)

Johnny Dankworth Orchestra - June or July, 1961 (Fontana)
Tommy McQuater, Kenny Wheeler (tp), Johnny Dankworth (as), Alan Branscombe (p), Spike Heatley (b), Ronnie Stephenson (d).
Fall Guy*.
(*Harkit CD - All Night Long)

Johnny Dankworth Orchestra - 1961 (Roulette/Columbia)
Ronnie Simmonds, Leon Calvert, Kenny Wheeler, Gus Galbraith (tp), Tony Russell, Eddie Harvey (tb), Johnny Dankworth, Ray East (as), Danny Moss, Art Ellefson (ts), Ronnie Ross (bs), Alan Branscombe (p), Spike Heatley (b), Ronnie Stephenson (d). (1)Kenny Napper replaced Spike Heatley.
String Of Camels/Winter Wail*/Cannonball*/S.O. Blues*/Daily Date/When My Sugar Walks Down The Street*(1).
(*Roulette CD - The Best of the Roulette years)

Johnny Dankworth Orchestra - 1961 (Roulette/Columbia)
Ronnie Simmonds, Leon Calvert, Kenny Wheeler, Gus Galbraith (tp), Tony Russell, Eddie Harvey Ian McDonald (tb), Johnny Dankworth, Ray East (as), Vic Ash, Art Ellefson (ts), Ronnie Ross (bs), Alan Branscombe (p), Kenny Napper (b), Ronnie Stephenson (d).
Abandonado/O Pato/Sack O' Woe*/Curtain Up*.
(*Roulette CD - The Best of the Roulette years)

Archie Semple Quartet - April 2nd-9th & May 10th, 1962 (Columbia 33SX1450)
Archie Semple (cl), Alan Branscombe (p,vib), Jack Fallon (b), Jack Peach (d), Johnny Scott (arr) + harp and small string section.
Easy Living/That Old Feeling/Late Spring/I Get Along Without You Very Well/Jenny/Bye Bye Blackbird/Old Folks/What's New?/Lazy Summer/Archie's Blues/For All We Know .

The Daily Mail International Jazz Festival All-Stars - June 6th, 1963
Shake Keane (tp-1), John Dankworth (as), Joe Harriott (as-1), Tubby Hayes (ts), Alan Branscombe (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Allan Ganley (d).
Milestones(1)*/There Is No Greater Love*.
(*Acrobat 3CD set - Tubby Hayes - Without A Song (Rare Live recordings 1954-73)

Johnny Dankworth Orchestra - 1963 (Fontana)
Personnel similar to above.
Hoe Down/Sing Sing Sing/Off The Cuff/Avenger's Theme.

At this time Johnny Dankworth started to produce albums that were not just a succession of big band jazz tracks, but were themed LPs or suites and the first of them was issued as What the Dickens !, the titles linked to associations with Charles Dickens characters or phrases.
Johnny Dankworth Orchestra with featured guests - July 29th and 31st, August 7th, and October 4th, 1963 (Fontana TF5203)
Gus Galbraith, Leon Calvert, Kenny Wheeler, Dickie Hawdon (tp), Tony Russell, Eddie Harvey (tb), Ron Snyder or Alf Reece (tu), Johnny Dankworth, Roy East (as,cl), Vic Ash (cl,ts), Art Ellefson (ts,b-cl), Alan Branscombe (p,vib,xyl), Kenny Napper or Spike Heatley (b), Johnny Butts (d). Special guests: Jimmy Deuchar (tp), Tony Coe, Tubby Hayes, Peter King, Ronnie Scott, Bobby Wellins, Dick Morrissey (ts), Ronnie Ross (bs), Ronnie Stephenson (d), Roy Webster (perc)
Prologue/Weller Never Did^/Little Nell^/The Infant Phenomenon/Demdest Little Fascinator/Dotheboys Hall/Ghosts^/David And The Bloaters/Please Sir, I Want Some More/The Artful Dodger/Waiting For Something To turn Up/fodson And Fogg/The Pickwick Club/Sergeant Buzfuz/Finale.
(Sepia RSCD 2016 - What the Dickens)
(^Salvo 4CD Box set - I Hear Music - A Celebration of the Life and Work of Cleo Laine & John Dankworth)

Tubby Hayes and his Orchestra - April 20th, 1964 (Tubb's Tours - Fontana TL5221)
Jimmy Deuchar (tp,mel), Ian Hamer, Bert Courtley (tp), Keith Christie (tb), Ken Wray (v-tb), Jackie Sharpe (bs,cl), Alan Branscombe (as,bs, b-cl), Tubby Hayes (ts,fl,vib,timp), Peter King, Bobby Wellins (ts,cl), Terry Shannon (p), Freddie Logan (b), Allan Ganley (d).
In The Night*/The Scandinavian*/Pedro's Walk*/Raga*.
(*Impressed Repressed CD - Tubbs Tours)

Dankworth's second suite was recorded in New York and featured a number of star American musicians. It was titled The Zodiac Suite, the titles linked to star signs.
Johnny Dankworth Orchestra with featured guests - October 9th and 28th, November 2nd and 10th, 1964 (Fontana TF5229)
Greg Bowen (tp), Leon Calvert (tp,fhrn), Kenny Wheeler (tp,ten-hrn), Gus Galbraith (tp), Tony Russell, Johnny Marshall, Chris Smith (tb), Ron Snyder (tu), Johnny Dankworth, Al Newman (as,cl), Vic Ash (cl,ts), Art Ellefson (ts,cl), Paul Carroll (bs,as,cl), Alan Branscombe (p,vib), Kenny Napper (b), Johnny Butts (d). Special guests: Clark Terry (tp), Bob Brookmeyer (v-tb), Ronnie Scott (ts), David Snell (harp), Lucky Thompson (ts), Danny Moss (ts), Ronnie Ross (bs), Chuck Israels (b), Phil Woods (as), Zoot Sims (ts), Osie Johnson (d).
Theme: Way With The Stars^/Gemini/Leo/Scorpio/Sagitarius^/Aquarius/Pisces/Aries/Taurus/Cancer/Virgo/Libra/Capricorn/Coda.
(Sepia RSCD 2017 - The Zodiac Variations)
(^Salvo 4CD Box set - I Hear Music - A Celebration of the Life and Work of Cleo Laine & John Dankworth)

Ben Webster - May 14th and 15th, 1965 Live at "Ronnie Scott's" (In a Mellow Tone - Jazz house JHAS601CD)
Ben Webster (ts), Alan Branscombe (p), Lennie Bush (b), Jackie Dougan (d).
In A Mellow Tone/Over The Rainbow/Gone With the Wind/Someone To Watch Over Me/C Jam Blues/Perdido/Star Dust/Ben's Blues/My Romance/Ben's Theme Tune/Interview With Ben Webster.

Mark Murphy - July, 1965 (Immediate IMLP004)
Mark Murphy (vcl) acc by: Kenny Baker (tp), Tony Coe (ts), Alan Branscombe (p), Allan Ganley (d) + others.
(Twelve titles).

Harold McNair Quartet - October, 1965 (Affectionate Fink - Island ILP926)
Harold McNair (ts,f), Alan Branscombe (p), David Izenzon (b), Charles Moffett (d).
You Stepped Out Of A Dream/Here's That Rainy Day/I Love You/Affectionate Fink/Angel Eyes/O Barquinho.

Dakota Staton - ?, 1966 (Dakota '66 - Columbia SCX 6020)
Dakota Staton (vcl) acc by: Ray Swinfield (fl), Peter King (as), Harry Klein (bs), Alan Branscombe (keyboards) + others.
(Twelve titles).

Harry South Big Band - January 25th, 1966 (Presenting the Harry South Big Band - Mercury 20081MCL)
Ian Hamer, Hank Shaw, Les Condon, Albert Hall (tp), Ian Carr (tp,fl-hrn), Rik Kennedy, Chris Smith, Keith Christie, Bill Geldard (tb), Roy Willox, Alan Branscombe (as,fl), Ronnie Scott, Dick Morrissey (ts), Tubby Hayes (ts,fl), Pete King (bs), Gordon Beck (p), Phil Bates (b), Phil Seamen (d), HarrySouth (ldr).
Costa Fortuna/Last Orders/Afterthought/Alone Together.

Harry South Big Band - January 26th, 1966 (Presenting the Harry South Big Band - Mercury 20081MCL)
Ian Hamer, Hank Shaw, Les Condon, Greg Bowen (tp), Ian Carr (tp,fl-hrn), Johnny Marshall, Chris Smith, Keith Christie, Gibb Wallace (tb), Roy Willox, Alan Branscombe (as,fl), Ronnie Scott, Dick Morrissey (ts), Bob Efford (ts,fl), Harry Klein (bs), Gordon Beck (p), Phil Bates (b), Phil Seamen (d), Harry South (ldr).
Six To One Bar/Lush Life/There And Back/North Of The Soho Border.

Harry South Big Band - c1966/7 (Retrospect through 21 years of BBC Jazz Club - Philips SBL7869)
Greg Bowen, Derek Watkins, Tony Fisher, Hank Shaw (tp), Keith Christie, Brian Perrin, Clarrie Baines, Cliff Hardie (tb), Alan Branscombe, Tony Coe, Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott, Dick Morrissey, Harry Klein (reeds), Gordon Beck (p), Phil Bates (b), Bill Eyden (d), Harry South (ldr).
Newtyme Waltz/Storm Warning.

Stan Tracey Big Band - March 8th/9th, 1966 (Alice in Jazzland - Columbia SX6051, SXC6051)
Kenny Baker, Eddie Blair, Ian Hamer, Les Condon (tp), Keith Christie, Wally Smith, Chris Smith (tb), Ronnie Baker (as,cl), Alan Branscombe (as), Ronnie Scott, Bobby Wellins (ts), Harry Klein (bs), Stan Tracey (p,arr), Jeff Clyne (b), Ronnie Stephenson (d). (Wellins was not present on three other titles recorded on March 23rd)
Afro-Charlie Meets The White Rabbit*/Portrait Of A Queen*/Alice In Jazzland*/Fantasies In Bloom*/Teatime Gavotte*.
(*Resteamed CD - Alice in Jazzland)

Stan Tracey Big Band - March 23rd, 1966 (Alice in Jazzland - Columbia SX6051, SXC6051)
Kenny Baker, Kenny Wheeler, Ian Hamer, Les Condon (tp), Keith Christie, Wally Smith, Chris Smith (tb), Ronnie Baker (as,cl), Alan Branscombe (as), Ronnie Scott, Tubby Hayes (ts), Harry Klein (bs), Stan Tracey (p,arr), Jeff Clyne (b), Ronnie Stephenson (d).
Murdering The Time*/Summer Hallucinations* (no tp,tb)/Pig And Pepper* (Ronnie Scott, Stan Tracey, Jeff Clyne, Ronnie Stephenson only).
(*Resteamed CD - Alice in Jazzland)

Kenny Clare / Ronnie Stephenson Big Band - July 6th, 1966 (Drum spectacular - Columbia TWO146)
Kenny Baker, Eddie Blair, Stan Roderick, Kenny Wheeler (tp), Keith Christie, Don Lusher, Johnny Marshall (tb), Jackie Armstrong (b-tb), Douggie Robinson, Roy Willox (as), Tony Coe, Tubby Hayes (ts), Don Honeywell (bs), Alan Branscombe (p), Freddy Logan (b), Kenny Clare, Ronnie Stephenson (d).
The Hawk Talks*/Topsy*/Dual Carriageway*/Afro Charlie*.
(*Vocalion CD - Big Band Spectacular / Drum Spectacular)

July 7th, 1966 (Drum spectacular - Columbia TWO146)
Greg Bowen, Bert Ezzard, Ian Hamer, Kenny Wheeler (tp), Keith Christie, John Edwards, Nat Peck (tb), Douggie Robinson, Ray Warleigh (as), Tony Coe, Tubby Hayes (ts), Don Honeywell (bs), Alan Branscombe (p), Lennie Bush (b), Kenny Clare, Ronnie Stephenson (d).
Drum Boogie*/Just You, Just Me*/Big Noise From Winnetka*/South Rampart Street Parade*.
(*Vocalion CD - Big Band Spectacular / Drum Spectacular)

Tubby Hayes Quartet - April 20th, 1967 (Marshmallow MMEX-149)
Tubby Hayes (ts,fl), Alan Branscombe (vib,p), Jeff Clyne (b), Tony Levin (d).
Thinking Of You*/The Shadow Of Your Smile*/Pavanne*/Nobody Else But Me*/I'm All Smiles*/Ricardo*/What's New*/Autumn Leaves*.
(*Marshmallow CD - Tubby Hayes - The Shadow Of your Smile)

Ted Heath and his Music - September 27th and 28th, 1967 (Swing is King - Decca) - details

Ken Wheeler with the John Dankworth Orchestra - March, 1968 (Windmill Tilter - Fontana STL5494)
Kenny Wheeler (flhrn), Derek Watkins, Henry Shaw, Henry Lowther, Les Condon (tp), Chris Pyne, Mike Gibbs (tb), Johnny Dankworth, Ray Swinfield, Tony Robert, Tony Coe (saxes), Alf Reece, Dick Hart (tu), Bob Cornford, Alan Branscombe (p), John McLaughlin (g), Dave Holland (b), John Spooner (d), Tristan Fry (perc).
Titles marked * are by a quintet comprising Wheeler (flhrn), Coe (cl,ts), McLaughlin, Holland and Spooner.

Preamble*/Don The Dreamer/Sweet Dulcinea Blue*/Bachelor Sam/Sancho/The Cave Of Montesinos^/Propheticape*/ Altisidora/Don No More.
(^Salvo 4CD Box set - I Hear Music - A Celebration of the Life and Work of Cleo Laine & John Dankworth)

Ted Heath and his Music - May 30th and 31st, 1968 (Swing is King Volume 2- Decca) - details

Stan Tracey - July 16th/17th, 1968 (The Latin American Caper - Columbia SX6358, SCX6358)
Kenny Baker, Derek Watkins, Eddie Blair, Les Condon (tp), Keith Christie, Maurice Pratt, Bobby Lamb (tb), Alan Branscombe (vib,mar), Stan Tracey (p,arr,cond), Dave Green (b), Barry Morgan (d,perc), Denis Lopez, Stuart Gordon (perc).
What Else Can You Do With A Drum?/Capullito De Aleli/One For Bo-Bo.
Ronnie Chamberlain, Derek Collins (cl), Don Rendell (cl,b-cl), Chris Taylor, Roy Willox, Ray Swinfield (fl), Alan Branscombe (vib,mar), Stan Tracey (p,arr,cond), Lennie Bush (b), Barry Morgan (d,perc), Denis Lopez, Stuart Gordon (perc).
One For Sass/Come Out And Meet Me Tonight.
Alan Branscombe (vib,mar), Stan Tracey (p,arr,cond), Lennie Bush (b), Barry Morgan (d,perc), Denis Lopez, Stuart Gordon (perc).
Because I Tell You So/Ouida/Obiah.

Because of contractual disputes the Alan Branscombe & Friends albums were not released until 1988, two years after his death. They became his tribute albums...
Alan Branscome c1968 Alan Branscombe & Friends - November 7th/8th, 1968 (Swingin' on the sound stage- vol 1 Esquire S332)
Stan Roderick (tp), Duncan Lamont (as), Bob Efford (ts), Alan Branscombe (vib-1,p), Ian McPherson (p-1), Dick Abel (g), Joe Muddel (b), Chris Karan (d).
Rose Room (1)/Out Of Nowhere.
Duncan Lamont (as), Bob Efford (ts), Alan Branscombe (vib-1,p), Joe Muddel (b), Chris Karan (d).
The Blues For Alan.
Kenny Wheeler (tp), Duncan Lamont (as,ts), Bob Efford (ts-1), Alan Branscombe (p), Dick Abel (g), Joe Muddel (b), Chris Karan (d).
For Pete's Sake (1)/On The Alamo.
Alan Branscombe, Duncan Lamont (as), Ian McPherson (p), Joe Muddel (b), Chris Karan (d).
On Green Dolphin Street*.
Eddie Blair (tp), Alan Branscombe (as-1), Duncan Lamont (as), Dick Abel (g), Joe Muddel (b), Chris Karan (d).
Tangerine/Close Your Eyes (1).
(*Hallmark CD - Basement Bop - British jazz in the 1950s)

Alan Branscombe & Friends - November 7th/8th, 1968 (Swingin' on the sound stage- vol 2 Esquire S342)
Kenny Wheeler (tp), Duncan Lamont (ts), Alan Branscombe (vib), Ian McPherson (p), Dick Abel (g), Joe Muddel (b), Chris Karan (d).
Airmail Special
Eddie Blair (tp), Ian McPherson (p), Dick Abel (g), Joe Muddel (b), Chris Karan (d).
The Blues For A Smashing Bird.
Alan Branscombe (vib), Joe Muddel (b), Chris Karan (d).
Someday My Prince Will Come.
Alan Branscombe, Duncan Lamont (as), Dick Abel (g), Joe Muddel (b), Chris Karan (d).
Weaver Of Dreams*.
Eddie Blair (tp), Duncan Lamont (ts), Alan Branscombe (p), Ian McPherson (harpsichord - 1), Dick Abel (g), Joe Muddel (b), Chris Karan (d).
Wondering If Ever (1)/I Hadn't Anyone Till You/I'll Remember April.
Duncan Lamont (ts), Alan Branscombe (vib), Dick Abel (g), Joe Muddel (b), Chris Karan (d).
Quiet Nights.
Eddie Blair (tp), Alan Branscombe (p), Dick Abel (g), Joe Muddel (b), Chris Karan (d).
My Funny Valentine.
(*Hallmark CD - Basement Bop - British jazz in the 1950s)

Paul Gonsalves - 1969 (Humming bird - Dream SML1064)
Kenny Wheeler (tp), Paul Gonsalves (ts), Alan Branscombe (p), Kenny Napper (b), Benny Goodman (d).
Body And Soul*/What Is There To Say*/It's The Talk Of The Town*/In A Mellow Tone.* Kenny Wheeler (tp), Dave Horler (tb), Paul Gonsalves (ts), Alan Branscombe (p), Kenny Napper (b), Benny Goodman (d).
All The Things You Are*/Sticks*/Almost You*.
(*Vocalion CD - Humming bird)

Tubby Hayes and his Orchestra - July 25th, 1969 (BBC broadcast)
Greg Bowen, Ian Hamer, Les Condon, Kenny Wheeler (tp), David Horler, Bill Geldard, Chris Pyne (tb), Peter King, Alan Branscombe (as), Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott (ts), Harry Klein (bs), Mike Pyne (p), Louis Stewart (g), Ron Mathewson (b), Spike Wells (d).
The Inner Splurge*.
Jeff Clyne (b), Tony Levin (d) added, rest the same.
200 Percent Proof*.
Ian Hamer, Les Condon (tp), Kenny Wheeler (flhorn), David Horler (tb), Peter King (as), Alan Branscombe (p), Louis Stewart (g), Jeff Clyne (b), Spike Wells (d), Tubby Hayes (ldr).
Octuple Blast*.
(*Master Mix CD - 200% Proof)

Harold McNair - July - August, 1970 (The Fence - B&C CAS1016)
Harold McNair (as,el-sax,f), Keith Tippett (org,p), Alan Branscombe (p), Colin Green (g), Rich Greech (el-b), Danny Thompson (b), Terry Cox (d), Tony Carr (perc).
The Fence*/Scarborough Fair*/True Love Adventure*/Early In The Morning*/Here And There And Everywhere*.
(*Hux CD - The Fence)

Ben Webster - October 12th,13th, 1970 (Webster's Dictionary - Pye N112 / Philips SBL6308101)
Ben Webster (ts), Tony Coe (cl), Alan Branscombe (vib), Stan Tracey (p), Dave Green (b), Tony Crombie (d) + strings.
Love Is Here To Stay/Where Are You?/Willow Weep For Me/For All We Know/That's All/Someone To Warch Over Me/The Shadow Of Your Smile/Come Sunday/For Heaven's Sake/Old Folks.

Johnny Dankworth Orchestra - c1970 (The $1,000,000 Collection - Fontana TL5445)
Derek Watkins, Les Condon, Kenny Wheeler (tp,flhrn), Henry Lowther (cnt,vcl), Chris Pyne, Mike Gibbs (tb), Dick Hart (tu), Johnny Dankworth (as,arr), Ray Swinfield, Tony Roberts, Tony Coe, (reeds), Alan Branscombe (p), Kenny Napper (b), John Spooner (d), Tristan Fry (perc).
Two Piece Flower/Hogshead Of Hogarth.
(Sepia RSCD 2018 - The $1,000,000 Collection)

Bobby Lamb/Ray Premru Orchestra - March 7th, 1971 (Live at Ronnie Scott's - BBC REC116)
Gus Galbraith, Tony Fisher, Derek Healey, Ronnie Hughes, Kenny Wheeler (tp,fl-horn), Cliff Hardie, Chris Payne, David Horler, Jack Thirwell, Bobby Lamb, Ray Premru (tb), John Jenkins (tu), Ronnie Chamberlain (as), Alan Branscombe (as,cl), Jimmy Philip, Tony Roberts (as,fl), Ken Dryden (bs,fl), Nick Busch, Colin Horton, John Jpigneguy, Tony Lucas (hrn), Steve Gray (p), Arthur Watts (b), Kenny Clare (d), John Dean (perc).
The Great White Whale/Soliloquy/Round And Round And Round/Roots/A Winter's Tale/Cuchulainn.

Jimmy Skidmore & Friends - 1972 (Skid marks - Silverline (E)DJSL026)
Jimmy Skidmore (ts), Will Garnett (as,ts), Ronnie Ross (bs), Alan Branscombe (p), Pete Chapman (b), Bill Eyden (d).
Skid Row/Polka Dots And Moonbeams/This Can't Be Love/Body And Soul/Good Queen Bess/Beneath The Sun/I Fall In Love Too Easily/Out Of Nowhere.

Ian Hamer Sextet - July 2nd, 1972
Ian Hamer (tp,fl-horn), Keith Christie (tb), Tubby Hayes (ts,fl), Alan Branscombe (p), Daryl Runswick (b), Spike Wells (d).
Greenwells Glory*/Challoners Wood*/Sienna Red*.
(*Jasmine CD - The Ian Hamer Sextet - Acropolis)

Don Harper - 1973 (Homo electronicus - Columbia SCX6559)
Alan Branscombe (as,sop,vib,p,el-p), Don Harper (vln,viola), Dick Abel (g), Harold Fisher (d,perc), Norma Winstone (vcl-1).
Dr. Who Theme/Cold Worlds(1)/Fiddle Chop/The Blue Book/Nightmare/World Of Sport.

Kenny Wheeler Orchestra - January 10th and 11th, 1973 (Song for someone - Incus 10>
Personnel includes: Kenny Wheeler (flhrn,tp), Ian Hamer, Dave Hancock, Greg Bowen (tp), Keith Christie, David Horler, Bobby Lamb, Chris Pyne (tb), Jim Wilson, Malcolm Griffiths (b-tb), Alfie Reece (tu), Mike Osborne (as), Duncan Lamont (ts,f), Evan Parker (ts,sop), Alan Branscombe (p,el-p), John Taylor (el-p), Derek Bailey (g), Ron Mathewson (b), Tony Oxley (perc), Norma Winstone (vcl - 1).
Toot-toot*/Ballad For Two(1)*/Song For Someone(1)*/Causes And Events*/The Good Doctor*/Nothing Changes(1)*.
(*PSI CD - Song for someone)

Ian Hamer Sextet - March 26th, 1973
Ian Hamer (tp,fl-horn), Keith Christie (tb), Tubby Hayes (ts,fl), Alan Branscombe (p), Ron Mathewson (b), Spike Wells (d).
Mayday*/Challoners Wood*/Acropolis*/Hamer-Philia*.
(*Jasmine CD - The Ian Hamer Sextet - Acropolis)

George Chisholm - May 16th, and 23rd, 1973 (Gold Star 150001)
Kenny Baker (tp,flhrn), George Chisholm (tb), Tony Coe (as,bs), Tommy Whittle (ts,f), Alan Branscombe (p), Lennie Bush (b), Bobby Orr (d).
In A Mellow Tone*/Here's That Rainy Day*/Walk right Up Folks*/The Boy Next Door*/Let's Try One*/Things Ain't What They Used To Be*/Ja Da*/Mood Indigo*/Fizz Dog Blues*/Stardust*/Lil Darlin'*/Squatty Roo*.
(*Lake CD - George Chisholm - In a Mellow Tone)

George Chisholm - May 16th, and 23rd, 1973 (Line L2030)
Kenny Baker (tp,flhrn), George Chisholm, Roy Williams (tb), Tony Coe (as,bs), Tommy Whittle (ts,f), Alan Branscombe (p), Lennie Bush (b), Bobby Orr (d).
It's All Right With Me/Jazzing On A Scale/Blues For Twos.

Ian Hamer Sextet - unknown date, 1974
Ian Hamer (tp), Keith Christie (tb), Alan Skidmore (ts), Alan Branscombe (p), Ron Mathewson (b), Spike Wells (d).
This Is For Albert*/Daffodils Are Yellow*/Greenwell's Glory*/Mini Minor*.
(*Jasmine CD - The Ian Hamer Sextet - Acropolis)

Amancio D'Silva - 1974 (Konkan Dance)
Alan Branscombe (fl,vib,el-p), Don Rendell (sax), Stan Tracey (p), Amancio D'Silva (g,el-g), Clem Alford (sitar), Toni Campo (b), Mick Ripshar or Keshav Sathe (tabla), Dougie Wright (d).
A Street In Bombay*/What Maria Sees*/A Song For Francesca*/Konkan Dance*.
(*Vocalion CD - Konkan Dance)

Elaine Delmar - October 2nd, 3rd 1976 (I've Got The World On A String - World WRS1004)
Elaine Delmar (vcl) acc by: Tony Coe (sop,ts,fl), Alan Branscombe (p,el-p), Dick Abell (g), Chris Laurence (b), Harold Fisher (d).
I've Got The World On A String/My Funny Valentine/Honeysuckle Rose/When The World Was Young/I Got It Bad/September Song.

Alan Branscombe & Tony Coe - unknown date, 1977 (EMI EMC3197)
Tony Coe (as,ts,sop), Alan Branscombe (p,el-p), Dick Abel (g), Daryl Runswick (b), Tony Kinsey (d).
The Day I Met The Blues/Whip It There/Blues For '69/Black Pussy/You Came When I Went/Fancy Yancey.

Don Harper / Denny Wright - June 4th and 5th, 1977 (Combo - One Up OU2202)
Tony Coe (sop,bs,cl,fl), Alan Branscombe (p,el-p,vib), Don Harper (vln,el-vln,viola,el-viola), Denny Wright (g,el-g), Len Skeat (b,el-b), Barry Morgan (b).
It's News/The Quiet One/Raggin' The Scale/Makin Whopee/Belly Dancer/Out Of The Blue/Don't Panic/mood Indigo/Poor Butterfly/My Favourite Things/Swing/Little Buttercup/Nagasaki.

Wallace Southam - c1980s (Songs of Sunday Composer - Turret TRT101)
Alan Branscombe (p,vib), Pat Smythe (p), Kenny Napper, Jeff Clyne (b), Tony Crombie (d), Wallace Southam (comp).
(Unidentified titles).


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