Various Artists - Soho After Dark: London's 50's Modern Jazz Scene 2 x CDs (Mega Blowout Sale)

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This is a wonderful and brilliant collection of the roots of the Brit-jazz scene, featuring the very beginnings of British jazz modernism, with tracks recorded in 1949-1959.

You can hear these musicians grappling with the implications and lessons of bebop, cool and even the very beginnings of free and taking those lessons and just beginning to find their own voice with everything. Some big names here in the early stages of their careers: see below. This has full credits, decent notes and even some cool memorabilia. If you dig this sort of thing, this is hugely recommended!

"Soho After Dark is a vivid snapshot of a time, now long gone, when London s vibrant Soho square mile almost rivalled New York s 52nd Street and L.A. s Central Avenue in presenting the finest modern jazz to be enjoyed anywhere outside of the USA. Venues such as The Fabulous Flamingo, the (original) Marquee Club, Ronnie Scott s, The 100 Club, Studio 51,Club Eleven, Club Dankworth, The Florida, The Downbeat, Club Basie, The Establishment all presented the very best local talent of the stature of Ronnie Scott, Tubby Hayes, Johnny Dankworth, Joe Harriott, Victor Feldman, Tony Kinsey, Ronnie Ross, Dizzy Reece, Jimmy Deuchar, Stan Tracey, Don Rendell, Tommy Whittle and dozens of others. Visiting American jazz stars frequently commented on the high standard of the local musicianship they encountered. This was by no means a patronizing gesture to ingratiate themselves with the locals, but genuine endorsements.This went as far as Duke Ellington (Tubby Hayes), Lionel Hampton (Jimmy Deuchar) and Stan Kenton (Harry Klein, Tommy Whittle, Don Rendell) hiring local stars to dep for sick or wayward sidemen. In 1959, Woody Herman set a precedent when he assembled a highly impressive Anglo-American Herd that included many local heroes. In the same year, The Modern Jazz Quartet toured the UK with Joe Harriott and Ronnie Ross as special guests. Stylistically, the music performed on Soho After Dark reveals influences that encompass East Coast Hard Bop, Cu-Bop and West Coast Cool but, importantly, all are delivered in a local accent."

"On a Christmas visit to London - where I go once a year - I bought Soho After Dark at a record shop right in the heart of Soho. It is brimful with excellent hardbop and bigband tracks and may serve as a first class introduction to a branch of jazz shamefully neglected by many jazz critics (at least here in Europe)."-Charles de Coster

Disc: 1
1. Johnny Dankworth Club X1 Quartet - SECOND ELEVEN
2. Ronnie Scott Club X1 Boptet - 52ND STREET THEME
3. Kenny Graham s Afro Cubists - MANGO WALK
4. Tito Burns & His Sextet - FESTIVAL HALL
5. Johnny Damkworth Seven - THE SLIDER
6. Jack Parnell & His Orchestra - CATHERINE WHEEL
7. The Ronnie Scott Jazz Group - THE CHAMP
8. Tony Hall s Hall Stars - HI-YA MR.JACKSON
9. The Kirchin Band - MAMBO MACOCO
10. Vic Lewis & His Orchestra - SWINGHOUSE
11. Dizzy Reece Quartet - BANG!
12. Don Rendell Quartet - COOL SPARKS
13. Ted Heath & His Music - KINGS CROSS CLIMAX
14. Keith Christie Quartet - COTTONTAIL
15. Vic Ash Quartet - EARLY MORNING
16. Tony Kinsey Trio with Joe Harriot - FASCINATING RHYTHM
17. Tony Kinsey Trio with Joe Harriot - IT DON T MEAN A THING
18. Victor Feldman Septet - BRAWL FOR ALL
19. Tommy Whittle Quintet - TEN BAR GAIT
20. Tubby Hayes Quintet - MESSAGE TO THE MESSENGERS

Disc: 2
1. Johnny Dankworth Orchestra - AFRICAN WALTZ
2. The Jazz Couriers - CHEEK TO CHEEK
4. The Jazz Couriers - BLUES
5. Tubby Hayes & His Orchestra - THE LITTLE GIANT/ORIENT LINE
6. Victor Feldman Modern Jazz Quartet - MINORE
7. Tony Crombie Jazz Inc Orchestra - L IL OL POTTSVILLE
8. Stan Tracy Trio - LITTLE KLUNK
9. Stan Tracy Trio - FREE
11. Wilton Bogey Gaynair - WILTON S MOOD
12. Ken Moule s Music - MESSIN ABOUT IN BOOTS
13. Victor Feldman Big Band - MAENYA
14. Tony Kinsey Quintet - JUST GOOFIN
15. Johnny Dankworth Orchestra - THE COLONEL'S TUNE
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  • UPC5013929853829
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This is not just some dusty artifact. I don't know what I expected - maybe that these bands would be second string and/or that their playing would be a bit tentative. Neither is true. To me, the music here is equal to any jazz being played anywhere in the 50s. The Londoners definitely weren't cheated! This is two discs, in double jewel case, with quartets, quintets, sextets, and big band. No slow stuff and no vocals. Intense, spirited, confident playing, with many wonderful solos popping up. And it sounds great on disc - authentic period sound with no pops or clicks. The eight page booklet is concise and informative, and contains full individual credits. Rock arcana guys will notice the names of Phil Seaman, who was Ginger Baker's hero, and Bill Eyden, who played the drums on "A Whiter Shade of Pale." Thirty-three tracks in all, standards and original compositions, this album makes it musically as well as historically. -T.A.
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