Almost all the music added to this page week by week is from my personal archive of private recordings.
In 1970, while I was a member of three bands (Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott, Humphrey Lyttleton), I briefly led my own Ornette-Coleman inspired piano-less quartet with Jeff Clyne on bass, Pete Burden on alto and Marc Charig on cornet. I had got to know Pete at the Sunday afternoon sessions at the Troubadour in Earl’s Court. Marc, whose career has ranged from avant-garde to blues and pop, I had first met at school in 1960 when we shared a youthful enthusiasm for Clark Terry. This Coltrane tune is the first of three from a live Jazz Club broadcast introduced by the imperturbable Humph.
The second tune from this braodcast is a ballad written by Marc Charig.
We finished this performance with the famous Ornette Coleman 13-bar line.
First of three tracks from a live broadcast by the Harry South big band. THIS IS A MONO RECORDING AND HAS ONLY COME OUT ON ONE TRACK. PLEASE SPLIT THE SIGNAL IF YOUR EQUIPMENT ALLOWS. OTHERWISE JUST ACCEPT AND ENJOY! The opener is an original by Harry and features solos by JOE HARRIOTT (yes!), ALAN SKIDMORE, KENNY WHEELER AND RAY WARLEIGH.
Joe Harriott plays PORGY AND BESS. A superb, passionate solo. Don’t miss this one!
Last up is a Stan Tracey original and arrangement, which swings mightily. Cracking solos from SKID, TUBBY and RAY WARLEIGH.
This unusual jazz vehicle is the wonderful bass voice solo from Fauré’s Requiem. We performed it in a church concert in 2013 and it is played more or less straight.
From the same concert, Mark’s beautiful arrangement of the haunting theme tune from the film “Schindler’s list”
The second incarnation of Bobby’s quartet, with Kenny Baldock on bass instead of Adrian Kendon. A “Jazz Club” broadcast in July 1983 from Maida Vale Studios (hence presenter Peter Clayton’s quirky reference to Paddington Basin being nearby). Bobby’s inimitable yearning sound suits this lovely jazz standard perfectly.
HOW DEEP again, this time from a concert by my trio at the Eastbourne Underground Theatre in January 2008. Listen to Barry Green’s original piano style which draws you in to its rhythmic and harmonic complexity,
Stan Getz accompanied on a tour of Scandinavia in February 1970 by the Tubby Hayes rhythm section. This track is from a concert recorded by Swedish radio.
Art Themen, Dave Newton, Dave Green and myself at the old Bull’s Head in 2006. SPOILER ALERT - THIS IS THE MOST SWINGING PIANO SOLO I HAVE EVER HEARD!
Again at the old Bull’s Head. This time the great Don Weller blows up a storm in an organ trio on the beautiful Jerome Kern jazz favourite
A cooking gig at the 606, Lots Rd. Morny, Barry Green, Phil Donkin and myself stretching out on Joe Henderson’s McCoy Tynerish blues line.
From the same evening, Morny’s quartet at breakneck tempo on Tubby’s old warhorse. Fast enough for you, Tubbs?!
The divine Bobby Wellins with this gorgeous Mel Torme piece. A rare unissued bonus track from the “Fun” CD with Mark Edwards, Andy Cleyndert and Spike This little gem is for life, not just for Christmas (woof woof).
Kenny Wheeler(tpt) Tony Coe(ten, sop) Chris Pyne(tmb) Pat Smythe(p) Ron Matthewson(bs) Spike(d). from a 1972 broadcast. 2 leaders equally diffident about announcements. Luckily the breezy Humph was on hand as presenter! A haunting version of a Keith Jarrett tune
Art Farmer with a mean Blue Monk. From a wonderful gig upstairs at the Richmond pub, Brighton with my quartet featuring Geoff Simkins(alt), the late Colin Purbrook(pno) and Andy Cleyndert (bs)
Long Tall Dexter (Gordon) in his pomp at a Norwegian festival in 1977 with Eivin Sannes (piano) Arild Andersen (bass) and me on drums. Nobody plays on the “Rhythm changes” like him or inserts such hip quotes (even Jim Mullen!)
The Oslo club scene in the 70s. Think Lifetime etc. Loose jazz-rock with Arild Andersen again, Jon Eberson (gtr) Jon Balke (pno) me (dms). A mind-blowing week’s engagement
The original Bobby Wellins quartet in concert in 1979. Never before heard. Features the greatly missed Peter Jacobsen on piano and the imperturbable Adrian Kendon on bass..
Charles McPherson, one of the best Charlie Parker disciples and a one-time Mingus sideman, in Brighton in 1989. McPherson plays Parker - literally! But the highspot here is Mick Pyne’s magnificent blues-drenched piano solo. Fast forward to this if you’re in a hurry……….