Crombie, Tony - Whole Lotta Tony (Mega Blowout Sale)
More roots of Brit-jazz here.
"Digitally remastered reissue of this 1961 album from the jazz drummer. Whole Lotta Tony was recorded and released in 1961 on Ember, and credited to Tony Crombie & His Friends. Drummer Crombie's CV to date had included performing with big bands, some "rock & roll" recordings as Tony Crombie & His Rockets, leading the London Jazz Quartet (which included Tubby Hayes, Alan Branscome and Jack Fallon), and working on soundtracks, including the TV series Man From Interpol.
For Whole Lotta Tony, Crombie's friends are
Tommy Whittle (tenor clarinet, bass clarinet)
Harold McNair (alto saxophone, flute)
Gordon Beck (piano, harpsichord)
Malcolm Cecil and Bobby Wellins (bass)"
"It is amazing that music this good -- or to some folks this obscure -- was cut way back in 1961, by UK jazzers no less! I've heard the argument over the years that 'jazz is best done by blacks', or 'by Americans', or by XXXXX -- well who cares when the music swings, has great improvisation and melody, and can set the mood both for dancing or for reflection and even being downright moody. Some of the best UK musos are heard here -- some even 'of color' (don't we all come in some sort of 'color'? And aren't we all homosapiens?) I commend this to anyone ready for a good listen."-John T Berg
- LabelFantastic Voyage