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Acrobat"British Modern Jazz - Singles, EP tracks & Rarities 1960 - 62"
As the UK found itself suddenly gripped by the Trad Boom during the early 1960s, a few of Britain’s top modern jazzmen fought a short rival campaign aiming to take their type of music to the top of the charts, especially after the Top 10 success in 1961 of Dave Brubeck’s ‘Take Five’. Very few of these jazz “singles” found success – John Dankworth’s African Waltz the most notable exception – but the majority slunk down the charts into obscurity. This new Acrobat collection tells the fascinating story of this brave A&R initiative and rescues twenty tracks originally released on 45rpm and EP formats between 1960 and 1962 featuring such celebrated jazz names as Joe Harriott, Stan Tracey, Shake Keane, Dudley Moore and Tony Kinsey. Six of these tracks are collectors’ items which have never been released on CD before. Not only is the range of styles on offer remarkably broad, covering everything from Latin and soul jazz through to scat-vocals and film and TV soundtrack themes, the list of star musicians participating in these records makes for a veritable who’s who of British jazz including Tubby Hayes, Jimmy Deuchar, Harold McNair, Gordon Beck, Allan Ganley, Bobby Wellins, Ronnie Ross, Tommy Whittle and many more. Complete with a fact-packed booklet note by award-winning saxophonist Simon Spillett and rare press clippings, this release reveals the remarkable story of a forgotten chapter in British Jazz. Track list...
Vocalion"The Johnny Dankworth Orchestra Duet for 16"
Containing three BBC programmes from around September, 1959 before Dankworth began composing and recording his suites and longer works. They are from a series of transcription recordings broadcast on French radio.
Basically this is the band that caused a stir at the Newport Jazz Festival in the same year. Featured soloists include Kenny Wheeler, Dickie Hawdon, Danny Moss, Derek Smith, Laurie Monk and Dankworth himself.
Tony Middleton's excellent accompanying notes identify probable recording date, personnel and soloists. He adds that "these transcription sessions are an important addition to the Dankworth archive, allowing us to to hear a wide range of titles not available on the band's commercial recordings. An added bonus is to witness the developing talent of a young Kenny Wheelwr. Apart from their fundamental jazz value, the various Dankworth orchestras provided an educational experience for the musicians and illustrated Dankworth's determination to lead a band with an original sound. The music on this CD is eloquent proof." Track listing Johnny Dankworth...
Acrobat"The Quintet & Jazz Five Studio and Live Recordings 1959 -1961"
“We were hailed as the best modern jazz outfit in Britain since the Jazz Couriers,” Vic Ash proudly remembers of The Jazz Five, the quintet he co-led with baritonist Harry Klein during 1960-62. However, for many of the group’s fans the biggest surprise lay not in how successfully the band had taken on the mantle of its celebrated predecessor, but in how its formation had prompted Ash into a seemingly overnight reinvention as a funky, Hard Bop tenor saxophonist. For close to a decade he’d been widely regarded as the UK’s top modern jazz clarinettist and was a perennial poll-winner on his chosen instrument: this new step seemed to come from out of nowhere, and as critics lined up to compare his work with that of American tenorists like Hank Mobley and Harold Land, even old friends were taken aback. “I never knew you played tenor like that!” Tubby Hayes told Ash during this period, expressing the thoughts of many. This new Acrobat release tells the whole story of this remarkable transition, containing two PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED broadcast recordings from 1959 and 1961, adding both a prelude and postscript to The Five of Us, the Jazz Five’s sole release for Tony Hall’s famed Tempo label. Throughout the album Ash demonstrates his world-class skills on both his instruments alongside fellow British jazz luminaries including baritone saxist Herry Klein, trumpeter Ian Hamer, pianists Harry South and Brian Dee and drummer Bill Eyden. Complete with rare period photos and press cuttings, the compilation also features an extensive booklet essay by saxophonist and writer Simon Spillett, co-author of Ash’s autobiography I Blew It My Way. Track listing Vic Ash...
Real Gone Jazz"Victor Feldman Eight Classic Albums"
A re-issue from earlier in the year that for some reason was not included on this page then. This is a digitally re-mastered four CD set that includes a few early Victor Feldman Esquire tracks that have never been on CD before.
The albums included are Suite Sixteen (1955) ; Modern Jazz Quartet (1955) ; Experiment in time (1955) ; Victor Feldman in London Volume 1 (1956) ; Victor Feldman in London Volume 2 (1956) ; Transatlantic Alliance (1956/7) ; The Arrival of Victor Feldman (1957) ; Merry Olde Soul (1960/1). These tracks cover Feldman's very early days in the US as well as his final London sessions. Experiment in time is a collaboration with Kenny Graham from the mid 1950s that has long been in vinyl limbo but apart from a handful of early Esquire tracks everything else is widely available on other compilations. Track listing Victor Feldman...
Fresh Sound"England's Foremost Tenor Sax Meets U.S. Jazz Greats"
The arrival of English tenor saxophonist Tubby Hayes in New York during the autumn of 1961 caused a sensation in American jazz circles. The first British jazz soloist to ever make a guest appearance in a US club, his opening night at the Half Note was attended by figures including Miles Davis, Al Cohn and Zoot Sims, with Metronome describing Hayes as a “swinging ambassador from Britain who definitely can hold his own in fast company”. At the end of his visit Hayes recorded the album “Tubby The Tenor” for Epic Records, leading an all-star unit including trumpeter Clark Terry and vibraphonist Eddie Costa. When he returned to even greater acclaim in June 1962, to play a further season at New York’s Half Note club, Mercury Records producer Quincy Jones took the opportunity to record Hayes in the company of the Walter Bishop Jr. trio and guest saxophonists Roland Kirk and James Moody, resulting in the Smash album “Tubby’s Back In Town.” The record received a 4 and a half star review in DownBeat, with journalist Harvey Pekar declaring Hayes’ performance proof that he was “capable of giving many well-regarded US tenor players a run for their money.” This release includes both the Epic and Smash albums and adds a previously unreleased recording of Hayes made with pianist Ray Santisi’s trio in Boston in 1964. It also comes complete with an overview essay by Hayes’ biographer and fellow saxophonist Simon Spillett. Track listing Tubby Hayes...
Acrobat"London Piano - Eddie Thompson and Dave Lee"
Exporting British jazz to the United States during the late 1950s and early 1960s often had the air of sending coals to Newcastle. However, when the American Vox and Top Rank labels commissioned special projects aimed solely for the US market, the efforts of two of Londons best known jazz pianists were given a rare boost of recognition. Headed by the blind virtuoso Eddie Thompson, the 10 Vox LP
London After Dark centred the action on themes dedicated to the capital ranging from Billy Strayhorns Chelsea Bridge to such unlikely fare as Underneath The Arches demonstrating Thompsons uncanny knack for making good jazz out of all manner of material, while the second, John Dankworth associate Dave Lee's A Big New Band From Britain, showcased not only the Englishmans inventive piano playing, but also the writing skill of top US arranger Manny Albam. American listeners clearly loved Lee's smooth blend of dance music and jazz as, in an unprecedented coup, the album spent six weeks in the coveted Cash Box Top Ten. As well as featuring the instrumental skills of the two leaders both these albums boast rare cameo appearances by the ultimate British jazz legend, Tubby Hayes, playing tenor saxophone and vibes. The new Acrobat release marks the first complete appearance of either album on CD and includes fascinating booklet notes by noted saxophonist and writer Simon Spillett.
Track listings Eddie Thompson... and Dave Lee...
Acrobat"Allan Ganley - The Complete Quartet and Jazzmakers sessions 1957-59"
Among the subtlest and most consistent drummers of his generation, Allan Ganley is famed for his work with British jazz legends like John Dankworth and Tubby Hayes, but throughout his career he led a dazzling array of his own units, showcasing not only his immaculate instrumental skill but his equally accomplished composing and arranging talents. The first of these, in 1957, featured the sensational Jamaican altoist Joe Harriott, replaced the following year by the underrated Canadian saxophonist Art Ellefson. Shortly afterwards, Ganley and baritonist Ronnie Ross teamed up to form The Jazzmakers, a band that would tour and record in the USA in 1959. This new Acrobat release includes the contents of two incredibly rare 7 EPs featuring Ganleys quartet, Gone Ganley and The High Priest, both of which have never been released in a digital format, together with the Jazzmakers eponymous New York-recorded debut album. Packaged with rare photographs and a fascinating booklet by noted saxophonist Simon Spillett this release presents some of the finest British modern jazz of its day. Track listing Allan Ganley...
Acrobat"Tubby Hayes Without a Song - Rare live recordings 1954 - 73"
Featuring 22 previously unissued live tracks, this new 3-CD anthology is the ultimate celebration of the genius of the late, great Tubby Hayes, tracing his meteoric career from teenage wunderkind to youthful veteran. Heard on all four of his principal instruments tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute and vibes - as well as leading a series of quartets, quintets and big bands, Hayes is also featured in ultra-rare collaborations with leading British jazz figures including Joe Harriott, Tommy Whittle, Stan Tracey, John Dankworth and Tony Lee, many of whom he worked with only rarely. The collection includes new versions of Hayes classic compositions like 100% Proof and Off The Wagon, alongside items which do not appear anywhere else in his studio-recorded discography. Recorded in clubs throughout the UK and at festivals, rehearsals and informal private jam sessions, this release also contains a comprehensive booklet essay by noted Hayes authority and award-winning saxophonist Simon Spillett, together with rare memorabilia and press cuttings from the period. This is Tubby Hayes as youve never heard him before! Track listing Tubby Hayes...

(Another winner from Acrobat this is a superb 3 cd compilation by Simon Spillett. Anyone who heard Tubby around the clubs in his heyday will find this evocative and atmospheric collection impossible to resist. All of the tracks are issued for the first time - it is the cd set of the year so far - do not miss it!)
Acrobat"Kenny Baker's Dozen: Live at the BBC 1957"
Kenny Baker was widely regarded as the best British jazz trumpeter and cornettist of the post-war era, making his name with the Ted Heath Band in the late ‘40s before starting his own group, Kenny Baker’s Dozen, during the ‘50s, consistently bringing together some of the top performers of the day in his line-ups. It was with this band that he performed on the first regular jazz programme to appear on BBC Radio’s Light Programme “Let’s Settle For Music”. This 2-CD set comprises two of those broadcasts, from February 1957, which were preserved on transcription discs, and which we believe have never previously been made commercially available. The line-up features a stellar array of top British jazz names of the time, notably Phil Seamen on drums, Bill le Sage on vibes, his long-time colleague George Chisholm on trombone along with Keith Christie and Ken Wray, bass saxist Harry Klein, Harry Hayes on alto sax, Derek Smith on piano, Lennie Bush on bass and others. They appear here in very much a more mainstream swing and big-band oriented setting than the small group modern jazz metier with which we might normally associate them. It’s a fine addition to our expanding catalogue of top quality British post-war jazz, which will be snapped up by collectors both for its quality and rarity. Track listing Kenny Baker...
Fresh Sound"The Jazz Couriers: England's Greatest Combo + The Message from Britain"
In April 1957 the formidable British tenor men Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott teamed up to form “The Jazz Couriers.” During their more than two and a half years together, the Couriers developed into an extremely close-knit unit, widely acclaimed throughout Britain and the rest of Europe.
Tubby Hayes was born in London, and he began playing in jazz clubs when he was 14, and at 16 launched into four years with various name bands. He doubled on vibes, baritone and flute and acknowledged Sonny Rollins and Johnny Griffin as major influences.
Ronnie Scott, one of the early leaders of the modern jazz movement in England, was also a Londoner with a big-band background. His main influences were Charlie Ventura, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Sonny Stitt and Sonny Rollins.
Crisp, accurate, inventive and irresistibly swinging, “The Jazz Couriers” not only boasted of two of the top solo horn players in Europe in Scott and Hayes, it also had the advantage of having a superb rhythm section in which the contribution of master pianist, Terry Shannon, was outstanding. Track listing Tubby Hayes...

(These recordings made during November 1958, and June/July 1959 are available on many other CDs).
Acrobat"Zoot Sims at Ronnie Scott's 1961 - The complete recordings"
The first American guest artist to grace the tiny stage of the original Ronnie Scotts club in Londons Soho in the autumn of 1961, tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims was among the most consistently inventive jazzmen of his generation. The sudden arrival of this font of jazz creativity prompted Fontana Records to tape three evenings worth of live performances at the venue, documenting not only Sims graceful yet muscular playing, but the work of supporting bands led by Ronnie Scott himself and West Indian multi-instrumentalist Harold McNair, featuring British jazz legends Jimmy Deuchar, Phil Seamen and Stan Tracey and others. The two original albums Zoot at Ronnie Scotts and Solo For Zoot have not previously been released in their entirety on CD, but this new Acrobat issue contains all their contents, including a rare unedited version of Love For Sale, unavailable for over forty years. Featuring comprehensive sleeve notes by award-winning saxophonist Simon Spillett, rare photographs and press clippings, this new album is the definitive document of a pivotal moment of Anglo-American jazz history.
Track listings Stan Tracey... and Harold McNair...
Acrobat"Ronnie Scott: Fast & Loose (1954)"
By 1954, the famous Ronnie Scott nine-piece was not only approximately half-way through its two and a half year lifespan, but it was arguably at its peak. Formed early the previous year, and led by indisputably the most charismatic figure in British modern jazz, the bands stock-in-trade was controversy daring to include as much modern jazz as it could on the dance hall circuit. Its co-operative policy was described by one of its members, the saxophonist Benny Green, as syncopated Marxism, whilst its on-the-road antics prompted the groups drummer Tony Crombie to remember the units band bus as a madhouse on wheels. Nevertheless, packed full of the brightest parochial talent, including trumpeter Jimmy Deuchar and alto saxophonist Derek Humble, the band was among the most consistently musical of its generation and could sunder any opposition. The addition of multi-instrumental wunderkind Victor Feldman during 1954 only added to the groups varied talents. The band s BBC Overseas Service broadcast of March 17th 1954 followed the pattern of two previous appearances on the airwaves by being pressed and released by Esquire Records under the prophetic title of The Ronnie Scott Jazz Club Vol.3 and yet despite its excellent and diverse content it was soon deleted, quickly becoming a highly prized collectors item. This Acrobat release includes not only all of the original LP but adds a further session recorded a month later by Scott and the bands rhythm section, which features three performances that are previously unissued. Complete with rare photos, press clippings and an extensive booklet essay by saxophonist Simon Spillett, this release is an absolute must for fans of British modern jazz. Track listing Ronnie Scott...
Acrobat"The Very Best of Tubby Hayes"
Tenor sax prodigy Tubby Hayes burst on to the UK jazz scene during the 1950s and became not only the most important personality to grace British jazz, but also one of the relatively few British jazz musicians to make a substantial impact in the USA, where he gained the respect of his peers. In a stellar career tragically cut short by his premature death in 1973 at the age of 38, he assembled a body of work which showcased his extraordinary talent on both tenor sax and vibes as he assembled a variety of bands to suit his mercurial search for musical progress and perfection. This CD, compiled by noted jazz writer Simon Spillett, himself a top tenor sax exponent, cherry-picks some of the most important, admired and outstanding recordings from Tubby’s career, showcasing his remarkable technique and skill.
Opus De Funk Tubby Hayes Quartet / Message To The Messengers Tubby Hayes Quintet / Cheek To Cheek The Jazz Couriers / The Serpent The Jazz Couriers / Round About Midnight Tubby Hayes Quartet / The Monk The Jazz Couriers / If This Isn’t Love The Jazz Couriers / Tin Tin Deo Tubby Hayes Quartet / Cherokee Tubby Hayes / Pint Of Bitter Tubby Hayes featuring Clark Terry / Down In The Village Tubby Hayes Quintet / Stitt’s Tune Tubby Hayes and The All-Stars.
Track listing Tubby Hayes...,
Candid"Tubby Hayes: Tubby's New Groove"
Tubby’s New Groove was resurrected from the personal effects of industry veteran Alfred Lion. These tracks were recorded in 1959 as part of the debut album, Tubby’s Groove. Hidden in the relative obscurity of the U.K. in the late 1950s it is a rare look at the seminal performer of an under-appreciated British jazz scene. Playing in a quartet (Terry Shannon/piano; Jeff Clyne/double bass; Phil Seamen/drums), Hayes’ tenor saxophone is brilliant. The overall vibe feels like a live performance.
Pure Pleasure Records has re-mastered this mono recording with great detail and texture. Hayes’ saxophone is fluid and balances richness of sound with raw sensibility. The overall mix is very good, and the volume levels are steady. Simon Spillett’s 2010 liner notes on these sessions and the 1950s British jazz scene are entertaining and incisive. This release is also available on vinyl... Track listing Tubby Hayes...,
Candid"Tubby Hayes: Night and Day"
Issued in October, 2013 this is a re-issue of an earlier "Jazz House" CD. It was recorded over three years, (1963 to 1966), by Les Tomkins at Ronnie's Old Place (Ronnie Scott's Gerrard St club in London's Soho) and is a dazzling set of masterpieces by one of Britain's greatest ever jazz musicians.
The cream of British jazz talent was on display also with the outstanding Jimmy Deuchar,Terry Shannon, Mick Pyne and drummers, Allan Ganley and Phil Seamen all featured. Tubby plays vibes as well as tenor saxophone . His prodigious talent and imagination are obvious everywhere- no more so than his extraordinary intro to Night and Day.
The original release had less than perfect sound, some described it as bootleg quality. I do not know if this a straight copy of the original or whether some enhancement has taken place. Track listing Tubby Hayes...,
Real Gone Jazz"Tubby Hayes Vol 2: Five Classic Albums + bonus eps and tracks"
Yet another Tubby Hayes compilation that contains the following albums:
"Modern Jazz Scene (1956)"
"The Jazz Couriers (1957)"
"After Lights Out (1956)"
"The Last Word (1959)"
"London Jazz Quartet (1959)"
Plus Tracks from Tubby Hayes Orchestra from 1955 and 1956, Tubby Hayes Quartet from 1955 and a a quintet with Jimmy Deuchar from 1955.
Tubby Hayes does not play on eight of the tracks from the "Modern Jazz Scene (1956)" which feature the Vic Ash Quartet and Dizzy Reece's New Jazz Group. The LPS have been digitally remastered which gives superior sound.
The downside is that all of this music has already been re-issued many times before and serious Tubby collectors will already have it. Track listing Tubby Hayes..., Vic Ash..., Dizzy Reece...
Fresh Sound"Joe Harriott - Southern Horizons + Free Form + Abstract"
Joe Harriott arrived in England in 1951, where he was quickly recognised as one of Britain's warmest, most fluent and adventurous alto men. The three fine albums he made as leader between 1959 and 1962 illustrate the range of his imagination. The first, "Southern Horizons," presents trumpeter Hank Shaw, with Joe delivering some arresting solos in a Parker-inspired, tonally expressive style. Joe's adventurous mind led him to break away from conventional melodic and harmonic structures and into many of the freedoms Ornette Coleman was exploring. The other two albums here, "Free Forms" and "Abstract" introduce new and often daring ideas through his fiery playing. "It's an error if anybody thinks Ornette influenced me," he insisted, pointing out that his vital music, which he described as "basically an attempt to paint freely," derived from a sharing of ideas with another West Indian musician, Shake Keane. Harriott's independent evolution is crystal clear, and Keane contributes powerful and imaginative trumpet and flugelhorn solos. Pianist Pat Smythe is a huge asset to the group in an exceptional rhythm section with Coleridge Goode and the brilliant drummer Phil Seamen, later replaced by a returning Bobby Orr. Track listing: Joe Harriott...
Fresh Sound"The Jazz Makers / The Jazz Five - The Hooter"
This digitally remastered stereo CD presents two of the best English modern jazz combos of the late 50s and early 60s, both sharing the same instrumentation. Two outstanding British talents, baritone saxophonist Ronnie Ross and drummer Allan Ganley, launched The Jazz Makers in 1958, recruiting the delightful tenor of Art Ellefson for an impressively balanced and imaginative front line, with pianist Stan Jones and bassist Stan Wasser completing a formidable rhythm section. Ross, always a strong, coherent and inventive soloist, blended intuitively with Ellefson's warm, flowing style and the results were filled with tremendous snap, vigour and musicality. Track listing: Ronnie Ross...
The Jazz Five was formed in 1960 by baritone Harry Klein and tenor Vic Ash, two consistent, capable and accomplished soloists. Klein a confident, self-assured performer, was an assertive and swinging player, while Vic Ash possessed an outgoing, fluent approach, making him an ideal front-line partner. Their ensemble had a bruising impact, with the rhythm section rounding out the group effectively, thanks in no small measure to the stimulating style of pianist Brian Dee, one of the highlights of this reunion. Track listing: Vic Ash...
Real Gone Jazz"Tony Crombie: Seven Classic Albums + bonus EP"
This compilation was issued in December, 2013 and contains the following albums:
"Ronnie Scott and Tony Crombie at the Royal Festival Hall (1956)"
"Annie by Candlelight with Annie Ross (1956)"
"Tony Crombie and his Orchestra (EP 1954)"
"Man from Interpol (1959)"
"Sweet Wide and Blue (1959)"
"Drums! Drums! Drums! (1960)"
"Whole Lotta Tony (1961)" and
"Twelve Favourite Film Themes (1961)"
There is no information in the double wide jewel case's inners but the LPS have been digitally remastered which should give superior sound.
This is a big collection of Crombie's work but there is not a lot here for jazz enthusiasts and the downside is that the jazz bits, with the exception of the EP, have been re-issued before.
Real Gone Jazz"Tubby Hayes: Seven Classic Albums"
This compilation was issued in September, 2013 and contains the following albums:
"The Jazz Couriers In Concert (1958)"
"The Jazz Couriers - The Couriers Of Jazz (1959)"
"Tubby's Groove (1959)"
"Tubbs (1961)"
"Tubbs In NY (1961)"
"All Night Long (1961)" and
"Return Visit (1962)"
Plus (as if That wasn't Enough?)
2 bonus tracks - Jack Costanzo with Tubby Hayes "Equation In Rhythm (1962)". You get a whole load of LPs and those two bonus tracks! for a really good price. True there is minimal information in the double wide jewel case's inners BUT the LPS have been digitally remastered which gives superior sound so we should not grumble.... much.
The downside is that all of this, with the exception of the "All Night Long" and Costanzo tracks has been re-issued before and serious Tubby collectors will already have it. Track listing Tubby Hayes...
Acrobat"Jimmy Deuchar - The Complete Tempo Recordings 1955 - 58"
Trumpeter Jimmy Deuchar – known as The London Scotsman – was the ultimate “musician’s musician”. A central figure in British jazz circles since making his debut in the original Johnny Dankworth Seven in the early 1950s, his playing, composing and arranging enlivened the bands of Tony Crombie, Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes over the ensuing decade, but it was his series of recordings he made for the fabled Tempo label between 1955 and 1958 that contained his best work. Collected here in their entirety, they form an impressive body of jazz, ranging from cleverly constructed original themes to personal adaptations of compositions by Miles Davis, Bud Powell, Horace Silver and Sonny Stitt, together with an intriguing take on the music of Rodgers and Hart. Originally released in scattered from on rare EPs, 10” LPs and multi-artist anthologies, Deuchar’s sessions also boast the cream of British modern jazz during the late 1950s, including Tony Crombie, Victor Feldman, Tubby Hayes, Derek Humble, Phil Seamen, Terry Shannon, Harry South, Stan Tracey and Ken Wray. This two-CD set comes complete with a detailed booklet essay by noted saxophonist and writer Simon Spillett and is a must for all fans of the Golden Age of British Jazz. Track details...
Harkit"Jazz Britannia '56!: Joe Harriott and the British Jazz All Stars"
A brilliant discovery! At a time when key British jazz exponents were determined to make their individual mark and set themselves apart from their American cousins, this eclectic collection of works by Joe Harriott, Derek Smith, Don Rendell, Kenny Graham’s Afro Cubists and Jimmy Watson is a real revelation.
Only previously ever issued on LP in the US, this digitally remastered album is a treat with added extra material and a comprehensive essay by Simon Spillett.
1. BLUES ORIGINAL – Joe Harriot 2. OPUS UNTITLED – Derek Smith 3. DON’T GET AROUND MUCH ANYMORE – Don Rendell 4. KILROY WAS GONE – Kenny Graham’s Afro-Cubists 5. ONLY A YEAR AGO – Jimmy Watson Orchestra 6. MY HEART BELONGS TO DADDY – Joe Harriot 7. WHEN YOUR LOVER HAS GONE – Derek Smith 8. JUNO – Don Rendell 9. BEGIN THE BEGUINE – Kenny Graham’s Afro-Cubists 10. BODY AND SOUL – Jimmy Watson Orchestra 11. KING’S CROSS CLIMAX – Kenny Graham’s Afro-Cubists...
Acrobat"Dick Morrissey On The Spot: The complete recordings 1961 - 1963"
The arrival of tenor saxophonist Dick Morrissey onto the British jazz scene in the early 1960s was nothing less than a revelation. Although only twenty-one – and having played his instrument for barely a few months – Morrissey already had it all; tone, taste, invention and above all swing, as his debut album, ‘It’s Morrissey, Man!’, recorded in 1961, displayed in winning fashion. Two years later he recorded a follow-up, ‘Have You Heard?’, revealing how his already individual voice had matured into one of the best in British jazz. For many years these albums have been collectors’ items – in and out of print or released only as limited edition imports - but this new Acrobat CD unites this music for the first time ever, together with an overview essay by saxophonist and writer Simon Spillett. It is a worthy addition to Acrobat’s expanding catalogue focusing on the great names of British post-war modern jazz, and will be a must-have purchase for a significant number British jazz fans. A full detailed track listing is available from the Dick Morrissey page on this website.
Acrobat"Tubby Hayes: New edition Rare radio recordings 1958-1962"
Acrobat’s expanding catalogue of British modern jazz expands with exclusive collection of previously unreleased radio broadcasts By Tubby Hayes. As further evidence of Acrobat’s commitment to expanding the availability of important recordings from the golden era of British post-war modern jazz, they have released a 2-CD set of rare radio recordings by bands featuring the great tenor saxophonist and vibes player Tubby Hayes.The collection comprises extracts from broadcasts in which Tubby appeared between 1958 and 1962, and as well as various incarnations of Tubby’s own Quartet and Quintet, features The Jazz Couriers, Victor Feldman, Jimmy Deuchar Plus Ten, The John Dankworth Orchestra, and the only known extant radio broadcast he did from the USA with The Walter Bishop Trio.None of this material has been commercially available to date as far as we are aware, so it is an absolute must for enthusiasts of this great era of British musical creativity. This release also features a comprehensive booklet essay by noted jazz saxophonist and writer Simon Spillett. A full detailed listing is available from the Tubby Hayes page on this website.
Acrobat"Dizzy Reece: The complete recordings 1954-1962"
After 50 years without a Dizzy Reece compilation we now have two! Dizzy Reece was that rare beast in the 1950s - a London-based jazz musician who gained an international reputation who thanks to Tony Hall eventually landed a record contract with the prestigious Blue Note label. In 1959, after carving a controversial reputation on the London scene, he abandoned the UK for New York City, the very heart of the modern jazz scene. Featuring the contents of no less than six original LPs, various EP releases and tracks released on multi-artist compilations, this 5-CD set tells the whole story, including every recording Reece made under his own name between 1954 and 1962, on both sides of the Atlantic, together with performances made in collaboration with the great multi-instrumentalist Victor Feldman and as a member of the New Jazz Group. This release also features a comprehensive booklet essay by noted jazz saxophonist and writer Simon Spillett. A full detailed listing is available from the Dizzy Reece page on this website.
Acrobat"Soho Blues"
This 2 CD set subtitled 'The Ronnie Scott Anthology 1956 to 1962' includes recordings made by Ronnie over this period. It includes all the albums made under Ronnie's name. Of the 31 titles included the notes claim that 22 have not appeared on CD before. Included is the Royal Festival Hall concert from 1956 with Tony Crombie's Orchestra and the album from 1957 with the Ronnie Scott Sextet. Unlike many other recent compilations collectors will not already own most of this music in other re-issues.

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