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)
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This time I'm focussing on Dave Moorwood, banjo player and band leader extraordinaire.
Since 1999 I have recorded ten CDs featuring Dave with his various bands. All 10 CDs are still listed in the catalogue and I regard all of them as fine examples of British traditional jazz at its best.
There are four CDs by The Rascals Of Rhythm - Dave's small group, usually augmented by guests e.g. Jim Fryer, Digby Fairweather, Pete Allen, plus some very talented young singers. (PKCD-144; 177; 217; 385). This is "happy jazz" of the highest order; I defy anyone to listen to the wonderful tunes on these discs without a smile on their face.
For two recordings (PKCD-194 and 304) Dave augmented The Rascals of Rhythm to become The Lains Barn Allstars, an exciting 7/8-piece Chicago style band.
Finally there's The Big Bear Stompers, Dave's superb Frisco-style 8-piece, two trumpet band, playing powerhouse jazz in the style of Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band - PKCD-275; 324; 354; 408.
All these ten CDs offer jazz of the highest quality with a selection of great tunes which is second to none, and an all-pervading feeling of enjoyment and fun.
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