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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The Ugly Duckling (1959)

The Ugly Duckling, a 1959 Hammer Film, based on Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde, may not be the best film ever made, in fact it could be argued that it was the worst film ever made, apart from...

...the dance hall scenes with the Joe Loss Orchestra. 

It was a strange time for bands such as Joe Loss, trying to hold on to the traditional strict tempo ballroom dancers as well as attempting to compete with the ever increasing threat of rock 'n' roll. Eventually, they lost both battles but, as this forgettable film shows, not without a fight.

One number has Bernard Bresslaw in Mr Hyde mode doing an amazing cha-cha whilst knocking out a couple of teddy boys without missing a step. However, what caught my ear was the booting baritone sax solo. Needless to say, he wasn't credited, I wonder if any of our, shall we say, more mature readers can enlighten me?

Well, I only arsked!
Lance

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