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Martin Slavin discography...
Vibes player Martin Slavin was born into a musical family in London in February, 1922. After service in the Army as a Band Sergeant he formed his own seven piece band in 1947. By the early 1950s he was playing piano, piano accordion and vibes as well as composing and arranging.
He joined the Kenny Baker Dozen on vibes in 1954 and then joined the Geoff Taylor Sextet in 1955. In the mid 1950s he made two record sessions under his own name before moving into TV as a Musical Director. He wrote a musical called Nancy Wake during the 1960s. During the late 1950s and 1960s he worked in the London recording studios and continued to be a popular figure on the jazz club scene, and from 1957 to 1961 appeared regularly in the Melody Maker readers popularity polls.
In 1966 he quit England for Canada and later settled in Hollywood where he worked as a composer and arranger in the film studios. After a spell as Musical Director on a cruise ship he moved back to London in the mid 1980s.

He died, following a road accident in Hampstead, London in May, 1988.

The 1953 Melody Maker's All-Stars - March 4th, 1953 (Esquire 20-008)
Kenny Baker (tp), Jackie Armstrong (tb), Vic Ash (cl), Les Gilbert (as), Ronnie Chamberlain, (sops), Ronnie Scott (ts), Martin Slavin (vib), Bill McGuffie (p), Ivor Mairants (g), Johnny Hawksworth (b), Jack Parnell (d).
Ballot Box (2 takes, one take on*)/Anidina/Coronation Jump (2 takes).
(*Giant Steps Records CD - Great Scott)

Martin Slavin's Vibrachords - September 3rd, 1954 (Esquire 10-396/416)
Keith Bird (cl), Martin Slavin (vib), Dill Jones (p), Archie Slavin (g), Joe Muddel (b), Roy Cooper (d).
Sweet Georgia Brown/I Surrender Dear/Crazy Rhythm/After You've Gone.

Geoff Taylor Sextet - March 1st, 1955 (Esquire 10-445/455)
Geoff Taylor (as), Martin Slavin (vib), Al Mead (p), Eric Ford (g), Bill Thorne (b), Nick Nichols (d).
Shanty In Old Shanty Town/Makin' Whoopee/Blow Man Blow/The Lady Is a Tramp.

Norman Burns Band - March 25th, 1955 (Esquire)
Ian Cameron (tp), Martin Slavin (vib), Dave Davani (acc), John Smith (p), Judd Foster (g), Peter Hugget (b), Norman Burns (d).
Davani's Design/Wooftide/Yesterdays/Without A Shout.

Kenny Baker and his Dozen - May 6th and 10th, 1955 (Baker's Dozen Vol 1 - Nixa NPT19003)
Kenny Baker, Freddy Clayton (tp), George Chisholm (tb), EO Pogson, Harry Hayes, Harry Klein, Keith Bird, Freddie Ballerini (reeds), Bill McGuffie (p), Martin Slavin (vib), Joe Muddel (b), Eric Delaney (d).
Baker's Boogie*/Ev'ntide*/Phil The Fluter's Ball*/Bugle Call Rag*/Harlem Twist*/Blues I Love To Sing*/Mean Dog Blues*#/Delerium*.
(#Castle 3 CD box set - Too Hot - The Best of British Mainstream Jazz)
(*Vocalion CD - Kenny Baker Presents Baker's Dozen Vol. 1 & The Half Dozen)

Geoff Taylor All Stars - October 24th, 1955 (Esquire 20-060 *EP105)
Geoff Taylor (as), Martin Slavin (vib), David Lee (p), Jimmy Currie (g), Bill Sutcliffe (b), Kenny Clare (d).
Sweet Sue*/Sweet Lorraine*/Sweet Eloise/Sweet Georgia Brown (MS out).

Kenny Graham and his Satellites - July 2nd, 1956 (MGM C764)
Kenny Graham (ts), Danny Moss (b-cl), Stan Tracey (acc), Martin Slavin (vib), Sammy Stokes (b), Phil Seamen (d), Don Lawson (perc).
(*Trunk Records CD - Moondog and Suncat Suites)
(*Real Gone Jazz 4CD set - Kenny Graham - Four Classic Albums, plus bonus EP and tracks)

Martin Slavin Septet - December 6th, 1956 (Nixa NJE1028)
George Chisholm (tb), Al Newman (cl), Martin Slavin (vib), Ken Jones (p), Ike Isaacs (g), Bill Sutcliffe (b), Derek Price (d).
Ace In Space/After You've Gone/Sweet Georgia Brown/A Smooth One#.
(#Castle 3 CD box set - Too Hot - The Best of British Mainstream Jazz)
(#Retrospective CD - George Chisholm The Gentleman of Jazz - A Centenary Tribute)

Ilene Day - December 12th and 31st, 1957 (Nixa NJT512)
Ilene Day (vcl) acc by Bruce Turner (cl,as), Martin Slavin (vib), Dill Jones (p), Dave Goldberg (g), Sammy Stokes (b), Don Lawson (d).
Something To Live For/I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues/I'm Beginning To See The Light/It Don't Mean A Thing/Just Squeeze Me/In A Mellow Tone.

Don Harper Quintet - March 11th, 1958 (Nixa NJ2024)
Don Harper (vln), Martin Slavin (vib), Ernie Shears, Terry Walsh (g), Arthur Watts (b), Jack Peach (d).
Hi-diddle-fiddle/It's the Bluest Kind Of Blues.

Archie Semple Quartet - June 12th and 20th, 1963 (Columbia33SX1580)
Archie Semple (cl), Dave Lee (p,celeste), Jack Fallon (b), Martin Slavin (vib,mar,xyl).
The Twilight Cometh/I,ve Got The World On A String/It Had To Be You/I'll Never Smile Again/Whispers In The Night/Georgia On My Mind/If I Had You/Jan'd/Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year/Something to Remember You By.

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