Dave Moorwood is a most versatile musician. He never does anything by halves and all his bands are of the highest quality. Not the least of these is his Big Bear Stompers. Their last CD (PKCD-275 - March 2005) was recorded at Lains Barn, as was this new CD. Frisco Jazz is noted for its exuberance and energy and you have that aplenty here; a thrilling live session. The tunes are:- Brother Lowdown, Working Man Blues, On Revival Day, At The Christmas Ball, Steamboat Stomp, Fussy Mabel, All The Wrongs You've Done To Me, I Had Someone Else Before I Had You, Trombone Rag, Poor Papa, Emperor Norton's Hunch, If Someone Would Only Love Me, Do Something, Birmingham Bertha, Memphis Blues, Santa Claus Blues, Come On And Stomp Stomp Stomp. (78mins). The band line-up is:- Ben Cummings and Tony Davis trumpets; Mike Wills clarinet & soprano sax; Graham Hughes trombone; Perry Lock piano; Dave Moorwood banjo; John Arthy sousaphone; Andy Crisp drums; Judy Eames vocals (on 6 tracks). Great CD!
After an interval of nearly three years I am pleased to offer you the band's fourth CD for P.E.K., recorded in November 2007 (not a live session). They have been playing for about 15 years and their four piece front line (trumpet, clarinet, sax, trombone) gives them a distinctive sound. The Silver Leaf Jazz Band can be heard mostly around their home area of Barnsley, Yorkshire. Musically they have a wide-ranging repertoire as the list of tunes shows:- Bogalousa Strut, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, It Had To Be You, Clarinet Marmalade, Summertime, Bright Star Blues, Yellow Dog Blues, Mister Sandman, Salutation March, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Sway, After You've Gone, Dans Les Rues d'Antibes. (68mins). Some good old favourites there. The line-up is:- John Pashley trumpet & vocal; David Hepworth clarinet; Liz Hepworth tenor sax & vocals; Alan Osborne trombone & vocal; Mick Roddy banjo; Andy Bramall string bass & vocal; Peter Cridland drums.
The band is approaching its fifteenth or Crystal anniversary - hence the title and celebratory front cover! This is their third CD for P.E.K. since they underwent major personnel changes following the death of Dick Chapman about four years ago. The band's huge popularity is due in part to their extremely high standard of musicianship, but also I think to their wide and interesting repertoire of tunes - you can't easily pigeon-hole this band! The tunes are:- Joe Avery's Piece, I Never Knew Just What A Girl Could Do, Beale Street Blues, Bye Bye Blackbird, Magnolia's Wedding Day, Blue Turning Grey Over You, Over In The Gloryland, On Treasure Island, Snag It, Mabel's Dream, Wolverine Blues, Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans, Bourbon Street Parade, Savoy Blues, Bluin' The Blues, Nagasaki. (73mins). The line-up (unchanged from their two previous CDs) is:- Chris Mercer trumpet; Chris Pearce clarinet, soprano alto saxes; Richard Leach trombone; Clinton Sedgley banjo & guitar; Andy Robins double bass; Graham Smith drums.
In the Autumn of 2007 the Red Wing Band from Sweden made a tour of England with Brian Carrick as their guest. This exciting CD comes from their session at Little Witley Jazz Club, the eighth of nine sessions they played. The club was packed and from the first bars of the first tune the place was rocking! This was one of the most thrilling sessions I've heard in a very long time. The unconventional line-up adds to the enjoyment of this CD; Brian Carrick clarinet and tenor sax, Hans Zakrisson trombone, Lasse Collin tenor sax and clarinet, Sune Linder piano, Lennart Mysto Werdell banjo, Leif Melldahl double bass, Ronald Anderson drums. Eva Karin Andersson sings on 6 tracks. The combination of clarinet and tenor sax, or two saxes, or two clarinets is, I think, a great bonus. The tunes are:- While We Danced At The Mardi Gras, Lily Of The Valley, Martha, Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall, Shaking Joe Avery, I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free, Where The Water Lilies Bloom, Take These Chains From My Heart, Love Letters In The Sand, Miss Celie's Blues, Girl Of My Dreams, His Eye Is On The Sparrow, A Thousand Goodnights. (78min).
Richard Leach's superb band, playing music in the Alex Welsh syle, goes from strength to strength, as this great CD proves conclusively. The skillful choice of tunes, the variations of line-up from seven-piece band to trio, and the live club atmosphere all combine to make this a CD packed with interest and enjoyment. This CD (like the band's previous four) was recorded live at Stourbridge RFC Jazz Club and the line-up is, Gordon Whitworth trumpet, Chris Pearce clarinet and alto sax, Richard Leach trombone, Mike Graver piano, Brian Mellor guitar and banjo, Roger Davis double bass, Graham Smith drums. The tunes are:- At Sundown, Exactly Like You, If I Had A Talking Picture Of You, No Moon At All, Stan's Dance, Hindustan, Davenport Blues, Maple Leaf Rag, When The Midnight Choo Choo Leaves For Alabam',You Made Me Love You, Autumn Leaves, Come Back Sweet Papa, I Surrender Dear, Saint James Infirmary Blues, Farewell Blues. (79min).
Since the band's last CD (Behind Closed doors PKCD-309) there have been two changes of personnel which, whilst they were not small changes, have resulted in almost no change to the sound of the band. Peter Tamplin piano), who has been with John Maddocks for many years has retired from the mainstream of jazz owing to failing eyesight; Keith Dorey, who is making a good recovery after a long illness, was unable to be on this recording. They are ably replaced by Chris Satterley and Dave Broomfield. The other members of the band are Peter Wilkinson trumpet, John Maddocks clarinet, alto and tenor saxes, Tony Farr trombone, Stuart Gledhill double bass, Brian Barker drums. This is another band whose versatility and superb musicianship make their music always so very rewarding and enjoyable. The tunes on this CD, recorded (not live) in May 2008 are:- Ring Dem Bells, My Life Will Be Sweeter Someday, Savoy Blues, Wait 'til You See My Baby Do The Charleston, A Lull At Dawn, You Broke Your Promise, I'm Wondering Who, Keyhole Blues, Moose March, Pussy Cat Rag, Jelly Bean Blues, Shim-me-sha-wabble, Michigan Water Blues, C'est Magnifique, When Day Is Done. (75min).