As the title suggests this is another CD recorded without an audience. It is the eighth CD by the band on the P.E.K. Sound label; five of the previous albums were live recordings. In many respects I think this is their best CD; it contains a marvellously varied selection of tunes and there are several variations of line-up from the full 7-piece band on most tracks to a beautiful trio version of Help Me Make It Through The Night. The other tunes are:- Happy Feet Blues, Smiling The Blues Away, Red Man Blues, Mood Indigo, Sweet Fields, I'd Love It, Lovin' Mama Blues, Little Lawrence, When Your Hair Has Turned To Silver, Chimes Blues, Flow Gently Sweet Afton, Georgia On My Mind, Too Busy. The line-up, slightly changed from their last CD, is Peter Wilkinson trumpet; John Maddocks clarinet & alto sax; Tony Farr trombone; Peter Tamplin piano; Keith Dorey guitar & banjo; Stuart Gledhill double bass; Brian Barker drums. (64 mins).
It's about eight years since there was a new CD by Dave Brennan's superb band, and in all that time there has been only one change of personnel brought about by the retirement, due to ill health, of Dave Vickers. The current line-up is - Dave Pogson trumpet; Brian Kenny clarinet & tenor sax; Mike Taylor trombone; Pete Beaumont piano; Dave Brennan banjo; Mick Kennedy double bass; Terry Kennedy drums. This CD has, for various reasons, been a long time in production; it was recorded (not live) in late 2004 and early 2005 but I hope, like me, you'll agree it was worth the wait. The 15 tunes are:- Once In A While, Beautiful Ohio, The Martinique, Moonglow, Memphis Blues, The Mooche, It Ain't My Fault, Hilarity Rag, All By Myself, Rent Party Blues, Froggie Moore, Melancholy Blues, Jubilee 45, That Old Feeling, Don't Give Up The Ship - and the playing time is a generous (78 mins).
Born in the mid '50s into one of New Orleans' leading musical families Wendell Brunious is a truly formidable trumpet player and his appearance with the Dave Donohoe Band at the 2007 Keswick Festival was sensational. Dave's friendship with Wendell goes back over 20 years and they first played together in Preservation Hall many years earlier. The band line-up on this superb CD is Wendell Brunious trumpet (on 10 tracks); Teddy Fullick trumpet (6 tracks); Frank Brooker reeds; Dave Donohoe trombone; Tom Kincaid piano; Mal Horne banjo; Jim Swinnerton bass; Bill Evans drums. The tunes are:- Put On Your Old Gray Bonnet, Bogalousa Strut, Just A Closer Walk With Thee, Mama Don't Allow, Route 66, 'deed I Do, Help Me Make It Through The Night, Ain't She Sweet, This Year's Kisses, You Never Can Tell, West End Blues, Oh Lady Be Good, Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans. The last track is particularly poignant; Wendell Brunious, like many New Orleans musicians, had to leave his home in the Crescent City, after Hurricane Katrina, to make a new life elsewhere and now lives in Sweden. (76 mins).
This is the first CD for P.E.K. by this very popular and exciting Midlands-based traditional jazz band who have deservedly gained a reputation for being one of the hottest bands on the scene. The band was formed in 2005 out of Matt Palmer's Millennium Jazz Band and the former Eagle Jazz Band. This CD was recorded live at Sutton Coldfield Jazz Club in March 2007. The line-up is Peter Brown trumpet; Matt Palmer reeds; Andy Holdorf trombone; Chris Etherington banjo; Brian Lawrence bass; Julyan 'Baby Jools' Aldridge drums. The tunes are:- Papa Dip, Wabash Blues, Old Green River, Original Tuxedo Rag, Ol' Miss Rag, When The Midnight Choo Choo Leaves For Alabam', Savoy Blues, Red Wing, I Get The Blues When It Rains, Puttin' On The Ritz, Let The Rest Of The World Go By, That Teasin' Rag, Magnolia's Wedding Day, Maryland My Maryland. (70 mins).
It was a great pleasure for me to record this superb band for their second CD, just ten months after their first (PKCD-300), which received a rave review in Just Jazz Magazine. This is truly a top-class band with some of Britain's best New Orleans-style musicians - the line-up is the same as on PKCD-300. The CD was recorded - not live - in March 2007 and the tunes are:- Any Time, Working Man Blues, Does Jesus Care, Under The Bamboo Tree, Smile Darn Ya Smile, Franklin St Blues, My Darling, Indiana, Mabel's Dream, When I Leave The World Behind, The Minstrel Man, I Don't Want To Walk Without You, Pretty Audrey, Joplin's Sensation, My Old Kentucky Home, Oh How I Miss You Tonight, Don't Give Up The Ship. What an interesting list of tune titles! (74 mins).
This new CD by Martin's excellent and distinctive N.O.-style band was recorded live at Bradford-on-Avon jazz club in June 2007. Great jazz club - great session! The line-up is unchanged since their last CD (PKCD-298) except that Dave Copperwaite replaces Dave Clennell on trumpet (good to see 'Copper' again after a gap of several years). The tunes are:- My Memphis Baby, Pink Champagne, Any Time, Meet Me Somewhere In Your Dreams, Davenport Blues, Junko Partner, Perdido, Sweethearts On Parade, Dusty Old Road, Smiles, Jacob's Ladder, The Last Mile Of The Way. (76 mins).