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Shake Keane c1963 'Shake' Keane was born in St Vincent, West Indies, in 1927. He started playing the trumpet at the age of 6 and was a bandleader by the time he was 14. He also had a great love of literature and words and was nicknamed "Shake" after Shakespeare. Already a schoolteacher, Keane had arrived in Britain from St.Vincent in 1952, and started reading literature at London University by day and playing in Soho nightclubs by night, as well as doing session work and recording with legends such as Lord Kitchener, the calypsonian.
In 1960, now playing flugelhorn as well as trumpet, he joined Jamaican saxophonist Joe Harriott who considered him the partner that he had been waiting for. A bold and audacious player, Keane was also capable of a lyrical delicacy and great wit. Together the two musicians continued to expand on Harriott's free form jazz experiments with harmony and time, perfectly complementing each other's styles and ideas. They stayed together until 1965 playing not only as a quintet, but taking part in 'jazz and poetry' sessions with pianist Michael Garrick.
Keane was in great demand for session work, and moved to mainland Europe and played everywhere, including becoming the featured soloist with Kurt Edelhagen's radio band. Eventually, after work in Europe, he returned to non-musical work as a government minister in St. Vincent, although late in his life he returned to Britain to work again with Michael Garrick and several ex-Harriott colleagues, as well as producing a novel reggae and jazz fusion album, Real Keane.
He returned to Britain in 1989 to fulfil engagements with the Joe Harriott Memorial Quintet (with Martin Hathaway on alto sax). He died in Oslo, Norway in 1997.

Shake Keane made a number of records in 1965 and 1966 for Decca with a light orchestra led by Johnny Keating, playing what was essentially mood music. In 1968 he recorded another album in the same genre, again for Decca, with the Ivor Raymonde Orchestra and Chorus...
Shake Keane with The Highlifer's - 1954 (Lyragon J727)
Shake Keane (tp,claves), Denny Wright (g), Joe Sampson (b), Leslie Weeks, Phil Seamen (d).
Trumpet Highlife/Creole Honey.

Shake Keane with Mike McKenzie and his Allstars - February 17th, 1954 (HMV GV204)
Shake Keane (tp,) Mike McKenzie (p), George Brown (vcl), + unknown g, b, d and perc.
High Note Highlife/Mambo Indio.

April 15th, 1954 (HMV GV207)
Probably as February 17th.
Akinia/Fire Fire.

Shake Keane and his Highlifer's - cMay, 1954 (HMV GV236)
Shake Keane (tp), + others unknown.
Balonga/Shake's Ghana Blues.

Wilton "Bogey" Gaynair/Shake Keane Quintet - 1960 (Tempo)
Shake Keane (tp), Wilton "Bogey" Gaynair (ts), Terry Shannon (p), Jeff Clyne (b), Bill Eyden (d).
Africa Calling*/Kingston By Pass*/Blue Ghana*/Way You Look Tonight*/Just For Jan*/Rianyag*.
(*Candid CD - Africa Calling)

Joe Harriott Quintet - April 8th*, 21st, 1960 (Columbia (1)SEG8070)
Joe Harriott (as), Shake Keane (tp), Harry South (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Bobby Orr (d), Frank Holder (bgo).
Caravan(1)*/Liggin'(1)*+/Southern Horizons*/You Go To My Head*/Tuesday Morning Swing*.
(*Proper Box 4CD set - The Joe Harriott Story)
(*Fresh Sound 2CD set - Joe Harriott - Southern Horizons + Free Form + Abstract)
(+Acrobat CD - British Modern Jazz Singles, EP tracks & Rarities 1960 - 62)

Joe Harriott Quintet - November, 1960 (Jazzland JLP49)
Joe Harriott (as), Shake Keane (tp), Pat Smythe (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Phil Seamen (d).
Formation#*/Coda#*/Abstract#*/Impression#/Parallel#*/Straight Lines#*/Calypso Sketches#*/Tempo#*/Modal^.
(#Gott Discs CD - Joe Harriott Quintet - Freeform)
(*Proper Box 4CD set - The Joe Harriott Story)

(*#^Fresh Sound 2CD set - Joe Harriott - Southern Horizons + Free Form + Abstract)

Shake Keane Quintet - August 31st, 1961 (Columbia SEG8140)
Shake Keane (flhrn), Joe Harriott (as), Pat Smythe (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Tommy Jones (d).
How Say You/Morning Blue/Fidel/In My Condition.

Joe Harriott Quintet - November 22nd, 1961 (Columbia 33SX1477)
Joe Harriott (as), Shake Keane (tp), Pat Smythe (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Phil Seamen (d), Frank Holder (cga,bgo).
Tonal*#/Pictures*/Idioms*/Compound*.
(*Redial CD - Joe Harriott Quintet - Abstract)
(#SWP Records CD - The Late, Great Phil Seamen)
(*Fresh Sound 2CD set - Joe Harriott - Southern Horizons + Free Form + Abstract)

In October, 2009 Gearbox Records released a limited edition vinyl 12" LP of a 1962 BBC Jazz for Moderns broadcast. This has never been available commercially before...
Joe Harriott Quintet - 1962 (Gearbox GB1503)
Joe Harriott (as), Shake Keane (flh,tp), Pat Smythe (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Bobby Orr (d).
Shepherd's Serenade/Pictures/Variations On Monk/Tonal.

Shake Keane Quintet - 1962 (Piccadilly 7N35034)
Shake Keane (flhrn), unknown (ts), Eddie Palmer (org,claves), Cedric West (g), Chris Staunton (b), Phil Seamen (d).
Ruanda/Nursery Blues*.
(*Acrobat CD - British Modern Jazz Singles, EP tracks & Rarities 1960 - 62)

Pat Smythe Trio - January 23rd, 1962 (Pat Smythe Trio with Shake Keane - Columbia 33SX1452)
Shake Keane (flhrn), Pat Smythe (p), Dave Goldberg (g), Kenny Napper (b).
Nardis/Old Devil Moon/Mendacity.

Galt MacDermot and his Music - January 31st, 1962 (Columbia SEG8191)
Shake Keane (tp), Ken Wray (tb), Tony Coe (ts,cl), Joe Temperley (bs), Galt MacDermot (p,arr), Lennie Williams (b), Ted Pope (d), Ginger Johnson (cga).
Back To The Barn/Menuet Too Much/Heat, Light And Small Sand Flies/Chaka.

Joe Harriott Quintet - May 10th, 1962 (Columbia 33SX1477)
Joe Harriott (as), Shake Keane (tp), Pat Smythe (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Bobby Orr (d).
Subject*/Shadows*/Oleo*.
(*Redial CD - Joe Harriott Quintet - Abstract)
(*Fresh Sound 2CD set - Joe Harriott - Southern Horizons + Free Form + Abstract)

Shake Keane and the Boss Men - November 27th, 1962 (Columbia SEG8239)
Shake Keane (flhrn), Johnny Scott (fl), Frank Horrox (org), Coleridge Goode (b), Bobby Orr (d).
Bossa Negra/Murmurio/Vendaval/New Sunday.

Jeremy Robson with The Michael Garrick Quintet - December 11th, 1962 (Blues For The Lonely - Columbia SEG 8244)
Jeremy Robson (reader) with Shake Keane (tp), Joe Harriott (as), Michael Garrick (p), John Taylor (b), Alan Green (d).
Cascades/Blues For The Lonely/Day Of Atonement/Sketches Of Israel.

Joe Harriott Quintet - 1963 (Movement - Columbia 33SX1627) (JM0964)
Joe Harriott (as), Shake Keane (tp), Pat Smythe (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Bobby Orr (d).
Movement*/Morning Blue*/Beams*/Count Twelve*/A Face In The Crowd*/Revival*/Blue On Blues*/Spaces*/Spiritual Blues*.
(*Vocalion CD - Movement / High spirits)

Vic Lewis and his Bossa Nova Stars - February 8th, 1963 (part HMVCLP1641)
Jimmy Deuchar (tp,mel), Shake Keane (tp,flhrn), Tubby Hayes (ts,f), Ronnie Scott (ts), Terry Shannon (p), Ray Dempsey (g), Freddy Logan (b), Kenny Clare (d), Vic Lewis (ldr).
Vic's Tune*/Ricardo*/Danielle*/Last Minute Bossa Nova*.
(*EMI CD - Vic Lewis plays Bossa Nova at Home (London) and Away (Hollywood)

The Shake Keane and Michael Garrick Quartette - May, 1963 (Airborne Rec NBP0002)
Shake Keane (flhrn), Michael Garrick (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Bobby Orr (d).
Fish Babies*/Watershute*/Sun Maiden*/Regrets*.
(Trunk Records CD - Rising Stars)

The Daily Mail International Jazz Festival All-Stars - June 6th, 1963
Shake Keane (tp), John Dankworth (as), Joe Harriott (as), Tubby Hayes (ts), Alan Branscombe (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Allan Ganley (d).
Milestones*.
(*Acrobat 3CD set - Tubby Hayes - Without A Song (Rare Live recordings 1954-73)

Joe Harriott Quintet - September 7th, 1964 (Columbia 33SX1692 - High Spirits) (JM0465)
Joe Harriott (as), Shake Keane (tp), Pat Smythe (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Bobby Orr (d).
Home Sweet Heaven*/If I Gave You*/Go Into Your Trance*/You'd Better Love Me*/I Know Your Heart*/Was She Prettier Than I*/Forever And A Day*/Something Tells Me*.
(*Vocalion CD - Movement / High spirits)

Michael Garrick Trio with Joe Harriott and Shake Keane - 1963 (Poetry And Jazz In Concert Vol's 1& 2 - Argo (Z)DA 26/27)
Jeremy Robson (1) and Adrian Mitchell (2) readers with Shake Keane (tp), Joe Harriott (as), Michael Garrick (p), John Taylor (b) Colin Barnes (d).
Vishnu/Wedding Hymn/Salvation March/Pals (2)/Approaching Mount Carmel.(1)/The Midnight Scene (1)/A Face In The Crowd (1)/Dixieland Improvisation/She's Like a Swallow
(Vocalion CD - Poetry & Jazz In Concert/Before Night/Day)

Michael Garrick Quintet - November 9th and 10th, 1964 (October Woman - Argo DA33)
Shake Keane (tp), Joe Harriott (as), Michael Garrick (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Colin Barnes (d).
Seven Pillars*/Little Girl*/Sweet And Sugary Candy*/Anthem*/Sketches Of Israel*/October Woman*/Echoes*/(Three other titles exclude Keane and Harriott).
(*Vocalion CD - October Woman / Wedding Hymn)

Michael Garrick Quintet - April 18th, 1965 (Wedding Hymn - Argo EAF(ZFA)92)
Shake Keane (tp), Joe Harriott (as), Simon Preston (org), Michael Garrick (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Colin Barnes (d), Elisabethan Singers.
Anthem (vcl)*/Wedding Hymn*
(*Vocalion CD - October Woman / Wedding Hymn)

Shake Keane and his Orchestra - 1965 (Airborne Rec NBP0005)
Shake Keane (flhrn) acc by unknown big band.
Calle Washington/Bossa Nova Triste*/Troubles* (on CD only).
(Trunk Records CD - Rising Stars)

From Mark Harrington: "Just wanted to add the Shake Keane album 'That's The Noise' on UK Decca Ace of Clubs ACL or SCL 1219, I have the latter which is the stereo one. Bob Efford is part of the trumpet/flugelhorn led quintet where he plays oboe & tenor with Olaf Vas Flute, Pat Smythe piano (replaced by Stan Tracey to three tracks) , Coleridge Goode bass, and Bobby Orr drums. It mixes 60's rock and pop with a Joe Harriot tune and two Keane originals. The producer, Rodger Bain adds a psychedelic poem as sleeve notes, and the album title comes from the end of the first line. A lovely album."
Shake Keane and his Orchestra - early March,1966 (That's the Noise - Ace of Clubs ACL1219)
Shake Keane (flhrn) acc by (see above).

Joe Harriott / John Mayer - September 3rd and 4th, 1966 (Indo Jazz Fusions - Columbia SCX/SX6122)
Shake Keane (tp), Chris Taylor (fl), Joe Harriott (as), Pat Smythe (p), John Mayer (vln,harpsichord), Diwan Motihar (sitar), Coleridge Goode (b), Allan Ganley (d), + tambura + tabla.
Partita/Multani/Gana/Acka Raga/Subject.
(Redial CD - Indo Jazz Fusions I and II)

Shake Keane made a number of records in 1965 and 1966 for Decca with a light orchestra led by Johnny Keating, playing what was essentially mood music. In 1968 he recorded another album in the same genre, again for Decca, with the Ivor Raymonde Orchestra and Chorus...

From 1966 to 1968 Shake Keane, along with other star British musicians, played and recorded in Germany with the Francy Boland / Kenny Clarke Big Band. Brief details...


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