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)