In Praise of British Jazz - JazzWax

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January 03, 2012


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Another good Couriers release from this period is the one on Fresh Sound, just titled "The Couriers of Jazz."

Bill Forbes

Ah,yes! The music I grew up with! Thanks, Marc!
Bill Forbes
Manchester, England

Chris Darkheart

Pete/Peter King is word class, by any standard:

Bill Forbes

Lovely Peter King clip, Chris and I always liked this one, too:

Bill Forbes

Lovely Peter King clip, Chris and I always liked this one, too:

Chris Galuman

Bought an album in London in i973 by Clark/Boland. I believe it was called "The 2nd Set". Anyway, it was recorded live at Ronnie Scott's. Derek Humble's lead alto on "You Stepped Out of a Dream" was, and is as good as it gets.

Marla Kleman


Another fantastic subject to feature; thanks! I've been a Tubby Hayes fan for several years now and especially love The Tubby Hayes Big Band (several great video clips on youtube) and The Jazz Couriers mentioned above. Both Tubby and Ronnie Scott could really swing, play pretty ballads, and Tubby's talents as a big band arranger/composer were huge!


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