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Saturday, May 02, 2009

The Harry Allen Heart Foundation

I ambled into one of our local charity shops the other day - see what they had in CDs. There was the inevitable passé pop discs, some classics - Mozart's Greatest Hits, Best of Beethoven, - the usual dross and then...and then...Tommy Whittle. Joy folowed by sadness as it was a disc I already had but then...but then...not one but two discs by Harry Allen!
"A Night At Birdland" morphed the Art Blakey Blue Note cover and had Harry, Randy Sandke, Brian Dee, Len Skeat along with Oliver Jackson on drums.
"How Long Has This Been Going On" retained Jackson on drums; Keith Ingham (pno) and Major Holley (bs) were the others. Harry is surely as a good a mid period tenor player as there is these days (with the possible exception of Vasy) and both discs are superb.
A couple of days later, I re-visited the shop and there was yet another Harry Allen! This time a duet album with Howard Alden on guitar - "I'll Never Be The Same." Magic; and all at £1.99 each.
On my final visit they'd sold out of Harry Allen but did have a Barbara Jay/Tommy Whittle and a Rachael Pennell/Stan Greig with Barnes, A and Adams, B(ruce).
I've got a lot of listening to catch up on.
Lance.

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