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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Album review (sort of): Journeys in Modern Jazz:Britain

The online publicity for this delightful example of British modern jazz promised a 20,000 word insert to accompany this double CD/LP (you pays your money and you takes your choice). A tome packed with biographical and discographical detail that this reviewer would have found invaluable - would being the operative word...

Alas, my promo double CD only turned up with just that - two CDs. No info on personnel or recording dates. Not even the usual promotional blurb. So, as there are 14 bands spread over the 2 discs, I'll content myself with listing their names and the tracks which, I guess are ± from the 1970s. By and large they all have that post-bop/pre-fusion feel about them and were originally released on Decca or one of its subsidiary labels.

Disc 1.

1: Ken Wheeler w. John Dankworth Orch. - Don the Dreamer.

2: Don Rendell Quintet - A Matter of Time.

3: Colin Bates Trio - Brew.

4: John Surman, John Warren - With Terry's Help.

5. Michael Garrick Sextet - Second Coming.

6. Mike Westbrook Concert Band - Waltz (for Joanna).

7. Stan Tracey and his Big Band - Matinee Days.

8. Harry Beckett - Third Road.

Disc 2.

1. Neil Ardley, Ian Carr, Don Rendell - Greek Variations Vl: Kriti [edit].

2. The New Jazz Orchestra - Angle.

3. Alan Skidmore Quintet - Old San Juan.

4. Dick Morrissey Quartet - Storm Warning.

5. Mike Taylor Quartet - To Segovia.

6. Michael Gibbs - Some Echoes, Some Shadows.

As some of our older, more perceptive, readers will have gathered most, if not all, of the tracks are from what were, at the time, very well-known albums and graced many a jazzer's coffee table. Typical examples are the Wheeler/Dankworth track which is from Windmill Tilter - The Story of Don Quixote whilst the Stan Tracey track, which, incidentally, is my absolute pick of a very good bunch, is from his Seven Ages of Man suite. Lance

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1 comment :

Simon Spillett (on F/b) said...

I've had the same thing reviewing certain albums, Lance. Sometimes record labels overlook the crucial importance of contextual information in reissue projects.

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