This CD is a reissue of some of the great tracks by John's Trio and Down Home Jazzers which I recorded at the Bude Festivals of 1995, 1996 & 1997. They were originally released on cassette only and have for a long while been unobtainable. Some of you will remember those exciting sessions at the Falcon Hotel which would start with the trio of John, Peter Tamplin (pno) and Chris Marchant (dms), and then add Mike Cox (bjo), Alan Potton (cornet) and then other guests would join the band. The tunes are :- (from 1995) Pinetop's Boogie Woogie, Precious Lord Take My Hand; (from 1996) Papa De Da Da, Yearning, Love Songs Of The Nile, Indian Love Call; (from 1997) San Jacinto Stomp, Wolverine Blues, Ace In The Hole, You Broke Your Promise, Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall, Just A Little While To Stay Here. (74 mins)
In November 1993 I recorded this wonderful New Orleans-style band for a CD of Hymns & Spirituals (PKCD-024 "Gloryland"). That weekend the band played two live sessions in West Lulworth, both of which I also recorded, but not with a view to releasing any of the material. In 2003 John Sirett approached me to discuss the possibility of producing a CD from those two sessions. And this is it. I think this band, formed by Sonny and Ben Marshall in 1989, should be regarded as one of a handful of truly great British New Orleans-style bands. Hearing these tracks again after so many years certainly brought back many happy memories for me, and reminded me what a great loss it was when Sonny died in February 2001. The line-up is Sonny Morris tpt, Terry Giles cl, Bob Ward tb, Ben Marshall bjo, John Sirett bs, Colin Bowden dms. The tunes include:- You Can't Escape From Me, Ice Cream, Dauphin St Blues, Exactly Like You, You Tell Me Your Dream, Over The Waves, See See Rider, Red Wing, When My Dreamboat Comes Home, A Miner's Dream Of Home (voc. Sonny), Clarinet Marmalade. (74 mins).
It's seven years since I last listed a recording by John's New Orleans Band in my catalogue. This CD was recorded live in July 2003 in front of an enthusiastic audience. The line-up is Ken Pye tpt, John Dunmore cl & saxes, Ron Radford tb, Barry Grummett pno, Rachel Hayward bjo, Harry Slater bs and Paul Spedding dms. The tunes are:- Chinatown My Chinatown, Algiers Strut, Just A Closer Walk With Thee, If I Didn't Care, Smile Darn Ya Smile, I'm Glad For Your Sake, Uptown Bumps, Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall, Rose Room, Thank You Mister Moon, When We Danced At The Mardi Gras, Sleepy Time Gal, After The Ball. (72 mins)
This is the long-awaited CD by Keith Nichols' Trio, recorded at the 2003 Keswick Festival. The trio, Keith Nichols piano and vocals, Norman Field clarinet & alto sax, and Nick Ward drums, played a superb session - two hours of concentrated high quality jazz and great fun. The tunes are:- Doin' The New Low Down, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Diga Diga Do, Sugar, Sugar (a different one), Ching A Ling's Jazz Bazaar, Jelly Roll Morton Style, Wolverine Blues, If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight, Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gave To Me, Washboard Blues, My Melancholy Baby, Mandy Make Up Your Mind, Southside Blues, When It's Sleepy Time Down South, Sweet Savannah Sue, Soothin' Syrup Stomp, I'm More Than Satisfied, The Joint Is Jumpin'. (67min)
It's over five years since there was a new CD by Brian's Heritage Hall Stompers and there has never been one with Ray Foxley and Brian together. This was recorded at the 2001 Bude Festival and, subsequently, in 2002, whilst Brian and I were discussing details of its release, Ray sadly died and so the project was shelved. In 2003 we approached Ray's family to get their reaction to the prospect of the CD being released and they were very supportive. I think it's a fitting tribute to a much-loved and greatly missed jazz musician. The band line-up is Peter Wright tpt, Brian Carrick cl, Norman Thatcher tb, Ray Foxley pno, Sarah Thatcher bjo, Howard Worthington bs, Taff Lloyd dms. The tunes:- Girl Of My Dreams, The Love Nest, Running Wild, Dinah, New Orleans Hula, When Your Hair Has Turned To Silver, Nobody Knows The Way I Feel This Morning, The Old Rugged Cross, The Last Mile Of The Way, Pretty Baby, Sunshine In The Shadows, Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (73 mins)
On the evidence of this CD Sarah has to be regarded as one of the very best present-day Blues singers in the tradition of the great black singers of the 1920s. I don't think I've ever heard such powerful, poignant and moving Blues singing, (except on early recordings by the original black Blues singers) - and remember Sarah is a young white girl from London! She is accompanied by Roger Browne piano and Tony Sharp double bass. They are joined on four tracks by Derek Winters (trumpet) and on five by Steve Graham (trumpet). Sarah plays tenor sax on seven tracks. The tunes are:- Any-Kind-A-Man, Don't Fool Around On Me, Confessin' The Blues, Far Away Blues, Ol' Sam Tages, You Can't Tell The Difference After Dark, Stavin' Chain (That Rockin' Swing), Blues At Sunrise, For Sale (Hannah Johnson's Big Jack Ass), You Stole My Cherry, The Lord Will Make A Way, I Want A Two-fisted Double Jointed Man, Lead Pencil Blues, I'm A Sales Lady, My Brand-New Papa, Down In The Mouf Blues, Stavin' Chain, Make Me A Pallet On The Floor, May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose. (74mins)