The band's unusual (and slightly cumbersome) name came from their early days playing as a quartet for sailing club social events. They now play, usually as a five piece band, at jazz clubs, pubs and functions in and around their home area in Hampshire. Their music is firmly rooted in the New Orleans idiom as the llist of tunes shows:- Downhearted Blues, Careless Love, Black Cat On The Fence, Saint James Infirmary Blues, Snag It, Just A Closer Walk With Thee, Summertime, The Old Rugged Cross, Aggravatin' Papa, In The Garden, Dauphin St Blues, Mood Indigo, Panama, Saint Louis Blues. This, their first CD, was recorded (not live) in May 2017. The line-up (also slightly unusual) is Tony Karavis cornet; Josh Robins clarinet and saxes; Paul Maple trombone; Dave Cummings banjo; Linda Robins tuba. Elayna Martin, a young singer with a superb bluesy voice, sings on nine of the fourteen tracks. (73min)
Trumpeter Dave Rance and trombonist Richard Leach met in 1967 and very soon formed their first band together. After a few years they began to follow separate paths although they never lost touch and for the next five decades their jazz careers were loosely entwined.
In July 2017 they got together for a one-off club session to mark their fifty year friendship and this CD is the result. Dave, Richard, all the band and everyone present had a ball that evening; there are moments on the CD when you can hear Dave and Richard egging each other on; it was great fun!
The band line-up, (Dave Rance's Rockin' Chair Band) is:- Dave Rance trumpet, flugelhorn; Richard Leach trombone; Derek Scofield clarinet & saxes; Doug Parry banjo & guitar; Miike Brewerton double bass; Henri Harrison drums. The tunes are:- Nobody's Sweetheart, When You And I Were Young Maggie, Roses Of Picardy, Singin' The Blues, Johnson Rag., Should I, Blue Turning Grey Over You, If I Had A Talking Picture Of You, When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful, Bourbon Street Parade, Sleepy Time Gal, Put Another Log On The Fire, Lily Of The Valley, Rocking Chair, Jump In The Line, Love Nest. (76min)
This club session by the band was recorded in 1981 by Albert Winkle, a long time fan of the band, at the Bell Inn, Derby. Although it is amateur recording the sound quality is remarkably good and the excitement of this great band is well captured. The exact recording date is unknown but we think it is early in 1981 when Baz Hodgkinson occupied the trumpet chair and not long before Bill Dickens took his place. The other band members are Chris Blount clarinet; Dave Vickers trombone; Pete Trevor piano; Dave Brennan banjo; Harry Slater double bass; Mick Ellis drums. The tunes are:- Hindustan; My Old Kentucky Home; Corrine Corrina; Climax Rag; Bye And Bye; I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket; Isle Of Capri; Where He Leads Me; I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now; Don't Give Up The Ship; See See Rider; Running Wild; I'm Alone Because I Love You; Bluebells Goodbye. I am indebted to Bill Dickens for his help in sorting out some personnel details and for writing the excellent sleeve-notes. It is a happy coincidence that this recording is released twenty years after Chris Blount's death. (70min)
For this, the band's latest recording, (at Burton-on-Trent Jazz Club in April 2018) they are joined by Alex Clarke on reeds. In recent years we have seen a number of brilliant young musicians enter the jazz scene but I would venture that few, if any, are as prodigiously talented as 17 year old Alex Clarke. Of course she is technically very capable but her playing shows a degree of maturity and inventiveness way beyond her years. The session was such a success that Martin had difficulty selecting tracks for rejection - not usually a problem with a live club session! So he opted to have a double CD release.
The band members are:- Stan Williams trumpet; Alex Clarke reeds; John Finch trombone; Martin Bennett piano; Howard Worthington double bass; Bill Buck drums. The tunes are:- Vol. 1 - Chinatown My Chinatown; That's How It Is!; Some Of These Days; Saratoga Swing; Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone; All Of Me; Rosetta .Vol.2 - St James Infirmary; Avalon; Lazy River; Don't Get Around Much Anymore; China Boy; Apex Blues; Undecided. (1h 39m)