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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Retro album review: Alan Clare Trio - Jazz Around the Clock & The Alan Clare Trio w. Bob Burns

Alan Clare (piano); Kenny Napper (bass); Eddie Taylor/Bobby Kevin (drums) + Don Rendell (tenor sax); Ray Premru (bass trumpet); Bob Efford (tenor sax); Bob Burns (alto sax) - 1 track each.

Jazz Around the Clock features Alan Clare - surely one of the all-time British piano greats - in trio format as well as with the above guests, It's an absolute gem. How long it's been lying dormant among my CDs  I don't know but, as it was released in 2005, I guess for at least 10 years. How could I have been so negligent? I certainly intend to make up for it.

Alan Clare (piano); Lenny Bush (bass); Tony Kinsey (drums); Bob Burns (bass clarinet).

The Alan Clare Trio with Bob Burns, like JATC, originally came out on vinyl and once again demonstrates the piano mastery of Alan Clare this time with Bob Burns blowing bass clarinet. 

The CD is rounded off with 3 tracks from a concert at the Royal Festival Hall with Clare and Bush joined by Ike Isaacs on guitar and Allan Ganley on drums. All 19 tracks are from 1956/57.

Beautiful is the only word to describe the music and the musicians.

Why, you may wonder, did I choose to play it after all these years?

Good question. Well last night, being the end of BST, I dutifully put the clocks back and decided this would be an album of sufficient soporific content to gracefully send me off into the Land of Nod. 

Wrong! 

I couldn't sleep, I was enjoying the music so much it made me even more awake. Still, I had that extra hour to make up for it didn't I?

Wrong!

I had omitted to mention it to Daphne, my cat, who came bounding in and insisted I get out of bed. Hell hath no fury like a hungry cat scorned so I upped and fed her, sent her out for her matutinal  constitutional and listened to Alan Clare once more.

An album well worth losing your sleep for. 

Originally issued on Vocalion there are still copies about and, with a bit of vinyl detecting you may well come across the original LPs.

Lance

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