The Antique Six Jazzband has, in the space of about five years, become one of the country's best and most popular traditional jazz bands. On this their fourth CD for P.E.K. Sound they continue to build on their already solid reputation for top quality musicianship and entertainment, and for a wide repertoire of tunes which spans most styles of traditional jazz. The tunes on this CD, which was recorded over two days in April 2009, are:- Copenhagen, Canal Street Blues, The Mooche, You Made Me Love When I Saw You Cry, Way Down Upon The Swanee River, Am I Blue, Ace In The Hole, Chimes Blues, Sweet Sue Just You, Baby Won't You Please Come Home, Dans Les Rues d'Antibes,Tishomingo Blues, Sunset Cafe Stomp, Beautiful Dreamer, Once In A While, East Coast Trot. The band line-up is Chris Mercer trumpet; Chris Pearce clarinet, soprano & alto saxes; Richard Leach trombone; Clinton Sedgley banjo & guitar; Ian Parry double bass; Graham Smith drums. (71min).
The band, based in Surrey and led by banjo player Kevin Scott, was formed about eighteen months ago and is rapidly establishing a reputation for its relaxed ensemble style of New Orleans music. This, their first CD, was recorded live at one of their two residencies in May 2009. The band and the musicians are not especially well-known outside the south of England but they each have many years' experience playing Traditional and New Orleans jazz. The line-up is Mike Scroxton trumpet & vocals; Alan Cresswell clarinet; Roy Stokes trombone; Kevin Scott banjo; Mike Broad double bass; Pete Jackman drums. The tunes are:- Move The Body Over, Ciribiribin, Silver Threads Among The Gold, I Can't Escape From You, Lily Of The Valley, June Night, Hello Central Give Me Doctor Jazz, I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jellyroll, When You Wore A Tulip, Jambalaya On The Bayou, Just A Gigolo, Bye And Bye, When I Grow Too Old To Dream, Ting-A-Ling. (71min).
Here is the first CD by this excellent New Orleans-style band, based in West Yorkshire and formed about five years ago by members of the late Dennis Browne's Creole Band. They have recently been joined by Carolyn Topsy Hilton, a young singer with an amazing voice. As you probably know I believe there are too many lady singers on the jazz scene who shouldn't! Carolyn is one who definitely should - she's outstanding; she sings on five of the twelve tracks. The CD was recorded at the 2009 Keswick Jazz Festival. The band line-up is John Hummerstone trumpet; Gerry Owen clarinet & alto sax; Dave Aspinwall trombone; Pete Beaumont piano; Nick Kirk banjo; Richard Lord drums, and the tues are:- Bogalousa Strut, Blue Hawaii, Lord Lord Lord, Blossom's Blues, Whoopin' Blues, Whining Boy Blues, Mississippi Delta Blues, Over The Waves, Gimme A Pigfoot And A Bottle Of Beer, Darktown Strutters Ball, Willie The Weeper, Love Songs Of The Nile. (72min).
In October 2009 I recorded a truly amazing session by Richard's band at Stourbridge RFC Jazz Club. It was so good that Richard and I had no hesitation in agreeing that every single track should be released. So here on two CDs is the complete session, in the order in which it was played. It's strange, having been in this business for nearly tewnty years, I have released two double albums in the space of just six months. The tunes are:- (Disc 1) - Ce Monsieur Qui Parle, Someday Sweetheart, I Wished On The Moon, Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea, Way Down Upon The Swanee River, I'll Always Be In Love With You, What's New, Savoy Blues, After You've Gone. (Disc 2) - Dardanella, Serenade In Blue, Tangerine, Swing That Music, Montmatre, Nothing Blues, Georgia Cabin, On The Sunny Side Of the Street, Everybody Loves My Baby. The band personnel, unchanged from their last CD (PKCD-328), is Gordon Whitworth trumpet; Chris Pearce reeds; Richard Leach trombone; Mike Graver piano; Brian Mellor guitar & banjo; Roger Davis double bass; Graham Smith drums. (1hr 42min) (Double CD - price £15.35).
This one is a must for lovers of New Orleans-style jazz. Derek Winters assembled this marvellous band for the Bude Festival in 2008. He is well known in Europe where he plays with many of the best N.O.-style bands and he brought together musicians from Sweden, Denmark, Holland and England to play at the Festival and the result is truly outstanding. The line-up is:- Derek Winters trumpet; Sverker Nyström clarinet; Hans Zakrisson trombone; Göran Magnusson piano; Hans Jörgensen banjo; Martin Gough double bass; Cees Hoogkamer drums. The tunes on this CD are:- The Curse Of An Aching Heart, On The Trail To Home Sweet Home, Memories, Collegiate, When You Wore A Tulip, Postman's Lament, Shake It And Break It, In My Heart There Is A Yearning, I'll Always Be In Love With You, Too Busy, Burgundy Street Blues, Don't Give Up The Ship, Laissez Les Bontemps Rouler. (72min).
This is the band's third CD for P.E.K. It was recorded live early this year on a snowy February evening at Nottingham Rhythm Club. It was touch and go whether I'd get there in time - not due to the snow but because of horrendously heavy traffic on the M1. I put my trust in Blodwyn (my sat-nav) and arrived in reasonably good time. Of course the bad weather had kept some people at home and so the audience was smaller than usual. Nevertheless the end result is another exellent CD from one of UK's best traditional jazz bands - I thnk it is probably their best. The line-up is unchanged from their last CD (PKCD-336) and the tunes are:- That's A Plenty, Go To New Orleans, Memphis Blues, Black Bottom Stomp, Hesitatin' Blues, Wild Cat Blues, Black Cat On The Fence, I Double Dare You, The Moose March, East Coast Trot, Let The Light From The Lighthouse Shine On Me, Chattanooga Stomp, Diga Diga Do, My Mother's Eyes, Climax Rag. Those of you who are familiar with the band will know that four band members sing from time to time - Peter Brown, Matt Palmer, Andy Holdorf and Chris Etherington. On this CD there are no vocals by Andy Holdorf because he had a heavy cold; on their last CD there were none by Chris Etherington for the same reason! (77min)