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  • What are your favourite British Jazz albums?

    I was talking to the owner of a shop I go to quite often and the conversation turned to the subject of British Jazz. I realized I know very very little.

    I'm quite fond of a couple of Dudley Moore albums I have, even fonder of the Soundtracks of Fragment by the Johnny Scott Quintet, but I'm already struggling.

    I had a quick google search and on rateyourmusic but nothing much there.

    What British Jazz should I be investigating? I'd also like some recommendations for music along the lines of the afore mentioned Fragment.
    Last edited by Turboellis; 23-06-2017, 09:24 AM. Reason: forgetfulness
    "White paper inner sleeve is pristine ..."

  • #2
    I guess Hum Dono by Joe Harriott would be in this list, eh?
    "White paper inner sleeve is pristine ..."

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    • #3
      Some lovely sleeves here:
      http://www.birkajazz.com/archive/england.htm
      "White paper inner sleeve is pristine ..."

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      • #4
        a lot of the brit jazz classics are covered in folkishienne's thread here

        http://www.verygoodplus.co.uk/showth...t=jazz+winters

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        • #5
          I'm fed up with all this rare 60s stuff in black, white and one colour sleeves with mopy women or blokes called Ken in suits on the front. Mainly because I'll never afford any of it.

          I was blasting this the other day. So can you for under a tenner.

          Vardy.....¡¡¡PELIGRO!!!

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          • #6
            I'd never thought of that before but you are right BC, there are a lot of Kens in UK jazz. Why is that?
            "..hole...road...middle thereof"

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            • #7
              There were a lot of Kens in the 60s full stop.
              The name was most popular for babies in the 1930s. There were also quite a few female Kens back then, according to wedding vendors

              http://www.weddingvendors.com/baby-n...aning/kenneth/
              Vardy.....¡¡¡PELIGRO!!!

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              • #8
                I have always been a fan of this effort by library juggernaught Frank Ricotti. With the fuzz guitar of Chris Spedding and the bizarre time signatures, its like a British proto star reality


                http://www.superflyrecords.com/item/...t-of-view.html
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                • #9
                  Sometimes the most obvious is really the one that hits the spot.



                  I just LOVE this album. Somehow it couldn't be anything other than British. Thank you Mike Westbrook . 'Metropolis' is also worth checking out.
                  Back to Neuuuuuuuuuu!

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                  • #10
                    The one I keep returning to is L'J IV ‎– An Elizabethan Songbook if that helps ...
                    A Sound Awareness

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                    • #11
                      The 2 compilations by Giles Peterson - Impressed - are a pretty good introduction to the more obvious rare stuff from the 60s.....

                      https://www.discogs.com/Gilles-Peter...release/471014
                      https://www.discogs.com/Gilles-Peter...e/381068?ev=rr

                      After those came out I began focusing on more mid / late 70s and even 80s UK jazz stuff, which was much easier to find at sensible prices - did a series of cdrs of them which I will try and upload at some point. Here's a list of tracks:

                      https://www.dropbox.com/s/8svpw65r07...essed.pdf?dl=0
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                      • #12
                        Henry Lowther Band - Child Song has a couple of very good tracks.

                        I suspect that you might have to pay a price for the vinyl, though

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                        • #13
                          I love this, Modal Jazz, Indo Jazz, Psyche and more but very much JAZZ. I had a boot of this for years and knew nothing about it, in fact I thought it was some early 70's one off German Krautrock album for years. I was quite chuffed when I discovered the artists involved and that it was a Landsdowne studios recording. The reissue sounds great too, much better than the mouldy old version I had up till that point. :



                          Probably more proggy jazz rock but I love this album to bits. It's like cabaret music gone wrong and I'll keep giving it props until it's reissued. :

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                          • #14
                            Folks

                            Thanks for the replies which I'm exploring, and while doing that, came across this, regarding new British jazz ...

                            https://thebluemoment.com/2017/06/23...ritain-part-1/
                            "White paper inner sleeve is pristine ..."

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Boi Bach o Bethel View Post
                              I have always been a fan of this effort by library juggernaught Frank Ricotti. With the fuzz guitar of Chris Spedding and the bizarre time signatures, its like a British proto star reality


                              http://www.superflyrecords.com/item/...t-of-view.html
                              Oh I didnt know about that, when I've searched for ricottis non libary stuff I've found little(not that I'm falling over libary albums either).
                              On that note my suggestion would be "fresh wind" by Ricotti and Alberque, moody uk vocal jazz with lots of vibraphone ,nice(strokes chin).

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