Duncan Lamont...
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Duncan Lamont...
Duncan Lamont was born in Greenock, Scotland in July 1931. He originally played trumpet and a band led by him won an award in a Melody Maker competition in 1951. He moved to London and played trumpet with Kenny Graham for several months before returning to Scotland to play in local bands, during this period switching to tenor sax.
In May 1953 he joined the Ivor and Basil Kirchin Band in Edinburgh and later Ireland. He stayed with the band for a year and then worked with other name bands including Ken Mackintosh, Jack Parnell, Geraldo, Eric Delaney before joining Vic Lewis in 1958 in time for a USA tour.

Following this he formed a quartet and played with other groups led by Ray Premru, Pat Smythe (1961), Kenny Baker (1960 and 1962), and Johnny Scott (1953-54). He then undertook extensive studio and freelance work, (now playing clarinet and flute as well as tenor), toured Europe with Benny Goodman and played in various UK big bands as well as some TV work. He led his own big band from the 1970s through to the 1990s and played in Kenny Wheeler's big band in 1990. Following illness in the mid 1990s he resumed regular playing and freelance work.

The discography below contains full details of the small group recordings that Duncan Lamont made plus 'one off' big bands. He made big band records with the Johnny Dankworth Orchestra and the Tony Kinsey big band where solo opportunities were more limited and a link is given to the detail of these records.

The Kirchin Band - August, 1953 (Private recording never issued commercially)
Tony Grant, Stan Palmer, Bobby Orr, Norman Baron (tp), Ronnie Baker (as), Duncan Lamont, John Xerri, (ts), Alex Leslie (bs), John Clarke (p,arr), Ronnie Seabrook (b), Basil Kirchin (d), Clyde Ray (vcl), Ivor Kirchin (vcl,dir).
Too Marvellous For Words (2 takes)/How Deep Is The Ocean (vcl IK)/When I Fall In Love (vcl CR).

Johnny Keating All Stars - April 29th and 30th, 1957 (Swinging Scots - London LTZD 15122)(JM1058)
Bobby Pratt, Tommy McQuater, Eddie Blair, Duncan Campbell, Jimmy Deuchar (tp), Jock Bain, Jimmy Wilson, Wally Smith, George Chisholm (tb), Burt Harden (tu), George Hunter, Ronnie Baker (as), Tommy Whittle, Duncan Lamont (ts), Ronnie Ross (bs), Andy Dennits (p), Alan Metcalfe (g), Jack Seymour (b), Bobby Orr (d).
Hampden Roars*/Down South Blues*/Clachnacudan Canal*.
Bobby Pratt, Eddie Blair (tp), George Chisholm (tb), Burt Harden (tu), George Hunter (as), Tommy Whittle, Duncan Lamont (ts), Ronnie Ross (bs), Andy Dennits (p), Alan Metcalfe (g), Jack Seymour (b), Bobby Orr (d).
Headin' North*/Loch Ness Monster*.
Duncan Lamont (ts), Ronnie Ross (bs), Andy Dennits (p), Alan Metcalfe (g), Jack Seymour (b), Bobby Orr (d).
Double Scotch*.
(*Vocalion CD - British Jazz & Swinging Scots)
(*Real Gone Jazz 4 CD set - Ronnie Ross Seven Classic Albums plus bonus tracks)

In 1958 Vic Lewis toured the USA and the following titles were recorded at a concert at the University of Connecticut and were lated issued by DJM...
Vic Lewis and his Orchestra - March 12th, 1958 (DJM)
Joe McIntyre, Dickie McPherson, Kenny Wheeler (tp), Al Spooner, Alec Gould (tb), Colin Bradfield, Ronnie Baker (as), Bobby Wellins, Duncan Lamont (ts), Brian Rodgerson (bs), Gerry Butler (p), Bill Stark (b), Bobby Orr (d), Vic Lewis (dir).
That's Love/Over The Rainbow/El Congo Valiente.

Dill Jones Quintet - March 18th,1959 (Columbia SEG7893) (JM0859)
Ray Premru (bs-tp), Duncan Lamont (ts), Dill Jones (p), Spike Heatley (b), Don Lawson (d).
Easy*/Paul's Pal*/Ray's Blues*/Jordu*.
(*Vocalion CD - Jazz Today - Piano Moods)

Johnny Keating & his Band - 1964 (Swing revisited - London SP44034)
Bert Courtley, Bobby Pratt, Eddie Blair, Jimmy Deuchar, Stan Reynolds (tp), Keith Christie, Johnny Edwards, Maurice Pratt (tb), Maurice Gee (b-tb), Jim Buck, Ian Beers, Brian Brett, Charles Blomfield (fhrn), Ronnie Chamberlain (as,sop), Roy Willox (as,f), Duncan Lamont (ts,cl), Tubby Hayes (ts,f), Dan Halliwell (bs,as), Reg Guest (p), Jim Sullivan (g), Freddy Logan (b), Ronnie Verrell (d), Barry Morgan (cga).
Night Train*/When The Saints Go Marching In*/The Stripper*/What'd I Say*/Li'l Darlin'*/Opus One*/I've Got A Gal In Kalamazoo*/Tuxedo Junction*/Oh, Lonesome Me*/Headin' North*/Hallelujah Gathering*/One O'clock Jump* .
(*Vocalion CD - Swing revisited)

Stan Butcher - 1967 (CBS S63072)
Leon Calvert (tp), George Hunter (as), Duncan Lamont (ts), Dick Abel (g), Arthur Watts (b), Barry Morgan (d), Barbara Moore (vcl), Stan Butcher (cond).
Windy Ridge/Take It Easy/A Riff For Miff/Time Out Of Mind/Tiny Tim/Just Dandy/Mike's Idea/Walkabout/Lunatic Fringe/Jumpin' Janie/Smokey/Like Wild.

Johnny Scott Quintet - 1967 (Columbia 33SX6149)
Johnny Scott (as,fl), Duncan Lamont (ts), Arthur Watts (b), Barry Morgan (d), David Snell (harp).
Communication/Mode Moderne/Measure For Measure/Eleanor It's For You/Manha De Carnaval/Donna Lee/Something's Coming/Morning Theories/I Didn't Know What Time It Was/M.V.4/Girls Were Made To Love And Kiss/Caravan.

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
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.
(*Hallmark CD - Basement Bop - British jazz in the 1950s)

Duncan Lamont - 1970 (Best of Bossa Nova - Music for Pleasure MFP5093)
Duncan Lamont (ts), Roger Webb (p), Ike Isaacs, George Kish (g), Ken Baldock, Ron Mathewson (b), Art Morgan (d), Barry Morgan (perc).
(Twelve bossa nova titles).

Richard Rodney Bennett - c1971 (Jazz Calendar Suite - Philips 6500301)
Leon Calvert, Kenny Wheeler (tp), Keith Christie (tb), unknown (flhr) (tu), Duncan Lamont (as), Tony Coe (ts), Ronnie Ross (bs), Pat Smythe (p), Daryl Runswick (b), Kenny Clare (d), John Lanchberry (cond), Richard Rodney Bennett (arr).
Jazz Calendar Suite.

Johnny Dankworth Orchestra - c1972 (Full Circle - Philips 6308 122) - recording details: Johnny Dankworth

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)

The Dankworth Big Band - February 19th,20th and 21st, 1973 (Lifeline - Philips 6308 169) - recording details: Johnny Dankworth

Tony Kinsey Big Band - February 17th, 1974 (Thames suite - Spotlite SPJ504) - recording details: Tony Kinsey
Tony Kinsey Big Band - March 17, 1976 (Thames suite - Spotlite SPJ504) - recording details: Tony Kinsey

The Swing Connection - c1979 (Opus in plastic - Hobo H0508)
Big band that included Vic Ash, Leon Calvert, Kenny Baker and Duncan Lamont...

Judd Solo - c1980s (The Judd Solo Band - RCA INTS1405)
Big band that included Vic Ash, Leon Calvert, Kenny Baker and Duncan Lamont...

Tony Evans Orchestra - c1980 (Artistry in Swing - Tema STE3031)
Tony Fisher, Ronnie Hughes (tp), Don Lusher, Bobby Lamb (tb), Ray Swinfield (cl,as,fl), Danny Moss, Duncan Lamont (ts), unknown g,p,b,d.
Opus One,Take The 'A' Train/Satin Doll/Eager Beaver/Perfidia/American Patrol/Perdido/Jersey Bounce/Nine Twenty Special/String Of Pearls/Sentimental Journey/Flying Home.

Nelson's Column - c1980 live at the "Lord Nelson" pub in Sutton (Only a pub in Sutton - Firebrand DM008)
An eighteen piece big band including Duncan Lamont (ts).
(Nine titles).

Duncan Lamont Quartet - January,1988 (Blues in the night - LDC Records LDC4001)
Duncan Lamont (ts), Brian Dee (p), Mario Castronari (b), Allan Ganley (d).
Secret Love/June Time/No Blues/London Time/Blues In The Night/Up Jumped Spring/Music For Cole Porter/On Green Dolphin Street.

Chris Connor - September 20th - 22nd, 1990 Live at Pizza-on-the Park, London (The London Collection - Audiophile ACD-246(CD))
Chris Connor (vcl) acc by: Alan Barnes (as), Duncan Lamont (ts), Robert Kaye (p), Spike Heatley (b), Terry Jenkins (d).
(Nineteen titles).

Freddy Staff Big Band - prob 1990s (Romance and Swing - ASA CD2)
An thirteen piece big band including Duncan Lamont (ts) and Brian Dee (p).
(Fourteen titles).

Elaine Delmar - January, 1992 Live at Ronnie Scott's (S'wonderful - Jazz House JHCD027)
Elaine Delmar (vcl) acc by: Duncan Lamont (fl,ts), Brian Dee (p), Mario Costronari (b), Bobby Worth (d).
(Seventeen titles).
(Jazz House Retro CD - s'wonderful)

Joe Temperley - July 8th, 1994 (Concerto for Joe - HepCD2062)
Steve Sidwell, Eddie Severn, Gerard Presencer (tp), Gordon Campbell, Nichol Thomson (tb), Peter King (as), Duncan Lamont (ts), Joe Temperley (bs), Brian Kellock (p), Alex Dankworth (b), Jack Parnell (d).
Awright Already*/Blues*/Slow For Joe*/A Day At A Time*/Sixes And Sevens*.
(*Hep CD - Concerto for Joe)

Elaine Delmar - c2000 (But Beautiful - Jazzhouse)
Elaine Delmar (vcl) acc by: Duncan Lamont (ts), Brian Dee (p), Mario Castronari (b), Bobby Worth (d).
How Long Has This Been Going On/It Might As Well Be Spring/Guess Who I Saw today/There's A Boat Thats Leaving Soon/But Beautiful/I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter/Little Girl Blue/I Like The Likes Of You/Some Other Time/There's A Small Hotel/Being Green/On The Sunny Side Of The Street/Spring Spring Spring/Fine And Dandy.
(Jazzhouse CD - But Beautiful)

Duncan Lamont Big Band - Recorded at Red Gables recording studio December 2011
Kenny Wheeler (flhrn), Yasmin Ahmed, Tom Rees-Roberts, Noel Langley, Martin Shaw (tp), Andy Wood, Alistair White, Richard Edwards, Pete North (tb), Jimmy Hastings, Jamie Talbot, Andy Panayi, Paul Jones, Duncan Lamont Jr (saxes), Brian Dee (p), Frank Ricotti (vib,perc), Chris Laurence (b), Ralph Salmins (d), Duncan Lamont (arr,dir)..
Mr Benn/As If By Magic.../The Dragon's Tale/Coming Home/The Balloonist/52 Festive Road/The Sea Monster/Don't Forget the Dragon..
(Jellymould CD - As If by magic...)


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