In the few years that this band has been in existence they have built for themselves a great reputation for hard-driving and exciting New Orleans jazz. Their reputation extends well beyond British shores into Europe, and in the past year or so the band has played in clubs in Germany, Denmark, Holland and Belgium. Their style of music is particularly well-suited to the sort of club venue found at the Keswick Jazz Festival and this session, recorded at the Labour Club during the 2008 festival, was one of their best. The line-up, unchanged since their last CD (PKCD-315), is David Copperwaite tpt; Howard Murray reeds; John Finch tb; Martin Bennett pno; Mac Mac Donald bjo; Jim Swinnerton bs; Stuart Smith dms. and the tunes are:- Down In Honky Tonk Town, Yellow Dog Blues, That Same Old Love, S'Wondeful, Sweet Louise, At A Georgia Camp Meeting, Together, I Want A Butter And Egg Man, I Gotta Find That Girl, June Night, Linger Awhile, Don't Give Up The Ship. (76min).
In November 2007 Brian's band played a concert in the St Mary's Church, Ottery St Mary, Devon. Ottery St Mary is a pretty Devon town with a truly magnificent parish church, which was modelled on Exeter Cathedral. The organisers had gone to great lengths providing food and a bar at the back of the church, and an audience of several hundred enjoyed an evening of great N.O. music. The band line-up is Peter Wright trumpet; Brian Carrick clarinet & tenor sax; Chas Hudson trombone; Gabrielle Gad piano; Malcolm Hurrell banjo; Bill Cole double bass; John Baker drums. The tunes are:- Over The Waves, He'll Have To Go, Smile Darn Ya Smile, Bring It On Home To Grandma, Have You Ever Been Lonely, The Old Rugged Cross, I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate, At Sundown, It's All Over Now, Is It True What They Say About Dixie, God Will Take Care Of You, Kid Thomas Boogie. (71 min).
The band's previous CD (PKCD-314 "Taking Steps") was very well received, and rightly so. This new album which shows the band in top form, can be seen as the third part of a trilogy of CDs, the first in the series being PKCD-300 "Some Changes Made". For their latest CD the line-up is unchanged, namely Tony O'Sullivan trumpet, John Crocker clarinet & alto sax, Len Baldwin trombone, Peter Morcom tenor banjo, Gerry Rose double bass and Malc Murphy drums. They make no attempt slavishly to copy the sound of a Ken Colyer band - what would be the point? Rather they play with integrity the style of music to which Ken devoted his life. The tunes are:- I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover, Gatemouth, Riverside Blues, The Thriller, Ballin' The Jack, Ciribiribin, Hilarity Rag, To-Wa-Bac-A-Wa, Winin' Boy Blues, S'il Vous Plait, Underneath Hawaiian Skies, In The Garden, The Moose, Waiting For The Robert E Lee, Climax Rag, Mama's Gone Goodbye, Ting-A-Ling. (71mins).
It's six years since this amazing band first appeared on CD (PKCD-226 "Top Of The League"). John Maddocks and George Huxley are undoubtedly two of our finest reed players and when they get together the sparks start to fly. Sadly they don't get together often enough! This marvellous CD is taken from an electrifying session at the 2008 Bude Jazz Festival where a large audience enjoyed an evening of truly inspired jazz. The line-up is John Maddocks and George Huxley reeds (clarinets, soprano sax, alto saxes, tenor sax), Jon Penn piano, Geoff Over banjo, Stuart Gledhill double bass, Barry Norman drums. The tunes are:- Wolverine Blues, Buddy Bolden's Blues, I Want A Butter And Egg Man, Blueberry Rhyme, Way Down Upon The Swanee River, Double Check Stomp, Summertime, Hello Central Give Me Doctor Jazz, Oriental Strut, My Gal Sal, Oh! Lizzie, Apex Blues, Cakewalking Babies From Home. (78mins).
Phil Brown says his Swingtet has a "broad band" musical policy. Their main influence is the small swing band music of the 1950s and '60s, principally Count Basie, Duke Ellington and the Buck Clayton jam sessions. However their repertoire also includes tunes more usually associated with traditional jazz bands. This is evident from the list of tunes on their latest CD, recorded at the 2008 Keswick Jazz Festival:- Crazy Rhythm, Milenburg Joys, Song For My Father, Keeping Out Of Mischief Now, Blue 'n' Boogie, Over The Rainbow, S'Wonderful, Splanky, Christopher Columbus, A Simple Waltz, Autumn Leaves, Work Song. The band line-up is slightly changed from their previous CD (PKCD-279 "Swinging at The Cricks") as pianist Andrew Clancy was at home with his wife for the birth of their son. His place was taken by Peter Godfrey; the other band members are Phil Brown trombone, Lester Brown trumpet, Mark Aston reeds, Mike Bennett double bass and David Clancy drums. (78 mins).
Since their last recording (in March 2007, PKCD-313) the band have replaced their young drummer Julyan "Baby Jools" Aldridge with the even younger and equally talented Jack Cotterill. This excellent CD features the band live at Sutton Coldfield Jazz Club in November 2008. The band were on fine form and certainly do justice to the 13 tracks:- Fidgety Feet, Yellow Dog Blues, A Porter's Love Song To A Chambermaid, Gatemouth, Petite Fleur, My Little Bimbo, Mabel's Dream, South Rampart St Parade, Beautiful Dreamer, China Boy, Canal St Blues, I'm Crazy 'bout My Baby, Wolverine Blues. The line-up is:- Peter Brown trumpet & valve trombone; Matt Palmer clarinet & soprano sax; Andy Holdorf trombone; Chris Etherington banjo; Brian Lawrence double bass; Jack Cotterill drums. Jack, a remarkably talented young musician, is the Grandson of Pete Cotterill who played drums with, among others, Martin Bennett's Old Green River Band until his death in about 2004. (67min).