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British Traditional Jazz At A Tangent Vol.9: The Mainstream Bands

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British Traditional Jazz At A Tangent Vol.9: The Mainstream Bands
British Traditional Jazz At A Tangent Vol.9: The Mainstream Bands


Vol. 9 in the AT A TANGENT series looks at Mainstream bands on the British Jazz scene and completes the CDs devoted to different styles in the series. 'Mainstream' was a term coined in the early 1950s to describe a more arranged style of Jazz sitting somewhere between Trad/Dixieland and Bebop/Modern it is closely akin to Small Band Swing of the 1930s/40s. The main protagonist in the UK is usually held to be Humphrey Lyttelton, but musicians like Kenny Baker and his associates had be playing it before Lyttelton embarked on it in the mid-50s.

The problem in compiling this collection is that there were very few working bands playing the style. The Jazz clubs of the 1950s and early 60s were very Trad. Bands such as Lyttelton's and Fairweather-Brown ploughed very lonely furrows. It was a different matter with broadcasts and recordings where various aggregations fronted by Kenny Baker and sundry Lyttelton alumni got regular outings. As with most attempts to label music 'Mainstream' was inclined to be a bit blurred at the edges. To illustrate the point tracks by Beboppers such as John Dankworth and John Cox are included to show that they slot in without sounding out of place.

Several tracks are previously unissued and it is hoped that the CD serves as both an introduction to the style and explode some myths.


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  2. The Fairweather-Brown All Stars - Scoot
  3. The Fairweather-Brown All Stars - Airmail Special
  4. Sandy Brown's Jazz Band - Russian Lullaby
  5. Sandy Brown's Jazz Band - Squeeze Me
  6. Sandy Brown's Jazz Band - September In The Rain
  7. Humphrey Lyttelton & His Band - Do The Beaulieu
  8. Humphrey Lyttelton & His Band - New Saturday Jump
  9. Humphrey Lyttelton & His Band - Jeep's Blues
  10. Humphrey Lyttelton & His Band - Bei Mir Bist Du Schon
  11. Humphrey Lyttelton & His Band - Swingin' On The Gate
  12. The Dill Jones Trio - Moonglow
  13. Kenny Baker's Dozen - Bugler's Lament
  14. Kenny Baker's Ensemble - Time's A-Wastin'
  15. Kenny Baker's Half Dozen - Act One, Scene One
  16. Kenny Baker's Dozen - Too Cool For The Blues
  17. The Dill Jones Trio - Deed I Do
  18. Fat John's Band - Ghana
  19. Fat John's Band - Chicken 'n' Dumplings
  20. Fat John's Band - The Themes
  21. The John Dankworth Seven - I Hear Music
  22. The John Dankworth Seven - Leon Bismark
  23. George Chisholm & His Jive Five - Rosetta
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