Pete Chilver discography...
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Pete Chilver discography...
Born in 1924 Pete Chilver initially played piano before taking up the guitar at the age of thirteen and becoming, by 1947, a legendary figure, widely regarded by his contempories as one of the best of the British bebop pioneer musicians. John Lewis, then pianist in the Dizzy Gillespie big band at the time picked him out for special praise. He had started with his own band the Silver Sovereigns in Slough in 1940 and in 1942 worked with pianist Ralph Sharon, also in Slough, in the Embassy Aces.
He was released from war work, as a draughtsman, to broadcast with the bands of Johnny Claes, Teddy Foster, Jimmy Mesene and others. In the summer of 1946 he joined Ray Ellington's band at the Bag O'Nails Club until joining Tito Burns in the winter of 1946. During 1947 he worked with Jack Jackson, George Shearing, Stephane Grappelli and others.
In 1947, together with drummer Laurie Morgan, they became the first of the British musicians to make the trip to New York to hear the new bebop at first hand. This never happened, see e-mail 162
The flat he shared with fellow guitarist Dave Goldberg in central London was where many young musicians gathered, in 1949, to hear and discuss the bebop records beginning to come from the USA. From 1947 to 1949 he had several spells with Ted Heath and Ambrose and guested with the Skyrockets to accompany Benny Goodman. He then freelanced until he joined the Ralph Sharon Sextet in late 1949. In 1950 he went into hotel management in Scotland and never played professionally again! Much of his recorded work has been re-issued on CD. Of all the players of the time his solos on these CD's show him as fluent and at ease with the bebop medium. He died in Edinburgh on March 16th, 2008.
Pete Chilver 1948
Pete Chilver (1948)

Melody Maker's Jazz Rally - June 29th, 1947 (All issued on Columbia)
Dave Wilkins (tp), Woolf Phillips (tb), Harry Parry (cl), Reggie Dare (ts), Ralph Sharon (p), Pete Chilver (g), Jack Fallon (b), Norman Burns (d).
Who's Sorry Now (part 1)/Who's Sorry Now (part 2).
Same date
Reg Arnold (tp), Woolf Phillips (tb), Frank Weir (cl), Ronnie Scott (ts), George Shearing (p), Pete Chilver (g), Jack Fallon (b), Norman Burns (d).
Blue Moon (part 1)*/Blue Moon (part 2)*.
(*Proper Records 4CD Box set - Jazz in Britain 1919 - 1950)

Ted Heath and his Music - October 24th/25th/27th, 1947 (Decca) details
Ted Heath and his Music - November 22nd, 1947 (Decca) details
Ted Heath and his Music - December 2nd, 1947 (Decca) details
Ted Heath and his Music - December 23rd, 1947 (Decca) details
Ted Heath and his Music - Late, 1947 (Broadcast) details

The Esquire Five - January 13th, 1948 (Esquire)
Ronnie Scott (ts), Pete Chilver (g), Ralph Sharon (p), Jack Fallon (b), Carlo Krahmer (d).
Lady Be Good*^/Boppin' At Esquire*^/Idabop^/What Is This Thing Called Love^.
(^Indigo CD - Boppin' At Esquire)
(*Giant Steps Records CD - Great Scott)

(^Charly/Esquire 4 CD box set - bebop IN BRITAIN - issued in 1991 currently only available second hand...)
(^Proper Records 4CD Box set - Ronnie Scott "Boppin' With Scott")

Ted Heath and his Music - April 7th, 1948 (Decca) details

Jack Parnell and his Quartet - April 9th, 1948 (Decca)
Tommy Whittle (ts), Norman Stenfalt (p), Pete Chilver (g), Charlie Short (b), Jack Parnell (d,vcl).
Hide Parker (unissued)/You've Got What It Takes (unissued).

Ted Heath and his Music - April 19th, 1948? (London) details
Ted Heath and his Music - April 21st, 1948 (London/Decca) details
Ted Heath and his Music - April 22nd, 1948 (London/Decca) details

Erik Frank - June 3rd, 1948 (Decca)
Erik Frank (acc) Norman Stenfalt (p), Pete Chilver (g), Charlie Short (b), Jack Parnell (d,vcl).
Running A Temperature/Star Dust/Windy/Limehouse Blues/Lady Be Good/Diggin' For Diz.

Alan Dean's Beboppers - April 29th, 1949 (Decca)
Ronnie Scott (ts), Johnny Dankworth (as), Reg Arnold (tp), Bernie Fenton (p), Pete Chilver (g), Joe Muddel (b), Laurie Morgan (d), Alan Dean (vocal).
Gone With The Windmill (take 1)*#/Gone With The Windmill (take 2)*/Barbados*/Elevenses*/Ool-Ya-Koo*.
(*Jasmine CD - Bop-in' Britain Vol 1)
(#Proper Records 4CD Box set - Jazz in Britain 1919 - 1950)

Ted Heath and his Music - May 4th, 1949 (Decca) details

Steve Race Bop Group - August 31st, 1949 (Paxton)
Johnny Dankworth (as), Leon Calvert (tp), Steve Race (p), Pete Chilver (g), Jack Fallon (b), Norman Burns (d).
Vertigo*/Marzipan*/Bugle Call Bop*/Microcosmo*.
(*Jasmine CD - Bop-in' Britain Vol 1)

Alan Dean's Beboppers - September 17th, 1949 (Esquire)
Ronnie Scott (ts), Johnny Dankworth (as), Hank Shaw (tp), Tommy Pollard (p), Pete Chilver (g), Joe Muddel (b), Laurie Morgan (d), Alan Dean (vocal).
Gone With The Windmill*^/Barbados*^/Elevenses*/Ool Ya Koo*^/Galaxy*#.
(#Giant Steps Records CD - Great Scott)
(*Charly/Esquire 4 CD box set - bebop IN BRITAIN - issued in 1991 currently only available second hand...)
(^Indigo CD - Boppin' At Esquire)
(*Proper Records 4CD Box set - Ronnie Scott "Boppin' With Scott")

Ralph Sharon Sextet - March 27th, 1950 (Melodisc)
Jimmy Skidmore (ts), Ralph Sharon (p), Victor Feldman (vib), Pete Chilver (g), Jack Fallon (b), Martin Ashton (d).
Burman's Bauble*/Boptical Illusion*/I've Got You Under My Skin/There's A Small Hotel.
(*Jasmine CD - Bop-In' Britain - Vol 1)


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