It's always a pleasure for me to introduce you to a new band and although The Aces Of Rhythm was formed about 2 years ago this is their first recording. Led by Matt Palmer (Millennium Eagle Jazz Band) they are a five piece band with a shared love of the music of the small jazz groups of the 1920s and '30s - particularly the music of Jabbo Smith and Clarence Williams. The CD was recorded (not a live session) in February 2015 and the line-up is:- Chris Carmell cornet; Matt Palmer reeds; Joe Nutman piano; David Kimmins banjo & guitar; Dennis Mowatt sousa. The tunes are:- I Never Knew What A Girl Could Do, Perdido St Blues, Happy Feet, Got Butter On It, Swannee, Blue And Broken Hearted, Chicago Buzz, My Cutie's Due At 2 To 2, Maple Leaf Rag, Sweet Emmalina, Michigander Blues, Dreaming The Hours Away, Kitchen Man, Whip Me Wih Plenty Of Love, Love, Candy Lips, Singing The Blues, Cakewalkin' Babies From Home. (73min)
A new CD by The John Maddocks Band is always welcome. This new recording, made at the 2014 Bude Jazz Festival at The Falcon Hotel (great venue!), is the band's first live album since PKCD-361 which was recorded in 2011. As the title suggests the tunes range widely in style and include a couple of rarely heard titles:- Elephant Stomp, Perdido St Blues, There's Yes Yes In Your Eyes, Pee Wee's Blues, All The Girls Go Crazy, Silver Bell, Yellow Dog Blues, Wild Cat Blues, Someday You'll Want Me To Want You, Gatemouth, River Stay 'way From My Door, The Missouri Waltz. The band line-up is Peter Wilkinson trumpet; John Maddocks reeds; Tony Farr trombone; Chris Satterley piano; George Skidmore guitar & banjo; Peter McCurrie double bass; Brian Barker drums. (57min)
This is the first CD for P.E.K. by this long-established west country band who don't tie themselves to any particular style of traditional jazz as the list of tunes shows:- Big Butter And Egg Man; Cherry; Streamline Train; Jersey Bounce; Delia Gone; King Of The Zulus; Comin' Home Baby; Two Deuces; It Takes Two To Tangle; Hodge Podge; Worksong; Lookin' For Turner; Backlash Blues. The line-up is Phil Morris trumpet; John Lancaster clarinet, soprano, alto & tenor saxes; Paul Hawkins trombone; Jerry Tilley guitar; John Chapman bass guitar; Bobby Stephens drums. Recorded live at the 2015 Bude Jazz Festival. (70min)
Roger's band was formed in 2007 and this is their first CD for P.E.K. It was recorded live at The Falcon Hotel, Bude during the 2015 Jazz Festival in front of an enthusiastic audience, as you will hear. The tunes are:- Sweet Fields; Chimes Blues; Over The Waves; I Wanna Say Hello; Bluebells Goodbye; If You Were The Only Girl In The World; Rolling Round The World; Makin' Whoopee; Pick A Bale Of Cotton; East Coast Trot; There, I've Said It Again; Collegiate; Let Me Call You Sweetheart; Banjo Boy; Bad Moon Rising. The line-up is Graham Trevarton trumpet, Gordon Stafford clarinet; Roger Marks trombone; Malcolm Hurrell banjo; Tony Mann sousaphone; Dave Cawse drums. During the session a well-known and respected musician said to me that, in his opinion, this is simply the best good-time jazz band on the present jazz scene. I can't argue with that. (72min)
At the 2015 Bude Jazz Festival Richard Leach's great band played a storming session at the Falcon Hotel and these two CDs are the result. Between them they contain twenty-one tracks - almost the entire session. It's six years since the band's last CD was recorded and there have been some personnel changes. Most significantly Gordon Whitworth's trumpet chair is now occupied by Gary Wood - a superbly talented musician. Also new to the band since their last CD are Rod Kelly on piano, Ian Parry on guitar and banjo, and John Fellows on double bass; all names which will be well-known to many of you.
The tunes are:- on Volume 1 - My Blue Heaven; Basin St Blues; It Don't Mean A Thing; When You And I Were Young Maggie; Fidgety Feet; When It's Sleepytime Down South; Oh Baby; I Wish I Knew How It Felt To Be Free; Sunday; It Had To Be You; Dippermouth Blues. (64m 05s)
On Volume 2 - Rosetta; Just Squeeze Me; Ce M'sieur Qui Parle; Body And Soul; Way Down Yonder In New Orleans; China Boy; New Orleans; Lover Come Back To Me; Home; Hindustan. A veritable feast of great jazz. (59m 50s)