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CHRIS BARBER'S JAZZ & BLUES BAND
CLASS OF '78
LACD337
Following on from LACD332 this is another attempt to fill the gap of Chris Barber's recordings from the 1970s. This collection was one of the classic issues by the Barber band of the time and had some changes in personnel: Vic Pitt had joined on bass, Roger Hill had replaced John Slaughter and Pete York - a Rock drummer previously associated with the Spencer Davis Group and The Average White Band amongst others - had joined. The most significant change, though, Was the addition of a second reed in the front line. This role was undertaken by Sammy Rimington. Sammy, who was largely regarded as a strict New orleans style player had, actually had much more wide ranging experience and ability. It's a typical varied Chris Barber set, well recorded in concert.

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THE NEW CENTURY RAGTIME ORCHESTRA
SINGIN' IN THE BATHTUB
LACD336
The eight piece NCRO was formed in 1998 with the intention of preserving and playing orchestrated Ragtime tunes. Over the intervening years the personnel has expanded to thirteen and the repertoire has widened to include Classic Jazz and Hot Dance music. Tunes on this CD date from 1903 and run the whole gamut up to 1931: classic Ragtime pieces to early Swing tunes; obscure tunes to the more familiar. This is no serious, straight-laced presentation, though; the band plays with a love of this music and the enthusiasm comes through loud and clear. Two guests join the band on the CD: Keith Nichols and Nick Ward

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VARIOUS
BRITISH TRADITIONAL JAZZ: AT A TANGENT VOL.6
LACD335
THE CLASSIC STYLE BANDS. Once the revival of Traditional Jazz got underway during the late 1940s and into the 1950s the bands started to split into different camps: those who followed the New Orleans style, those who favoured the Chicago style and those who preferred the Classic style typified by King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Clarence Williams, et al. This CD presents a collection of bands who followed this latter course and provides a varied sample of the different approaches within that style.

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BEN COHEN with BRIAN WHITE'S MAGNA JAZZ BAND
REMEMBERING BEN COHEN
LACD334
This is the first release in Lake's new LIMITED EDITION series. These are CDs of music or musicians which are not expected to be volume sales, but which deserve to be heard. They will appeal to collectors and completists as well as general buyers. This CD is dedicated to cornet player Ben Cohen. He came to public attention when he joined Chris Barber's New Orleans Jazz Band in 1950. From 1950 until his death in 2002 Ben Cohen became highly regarded as a fiery 'hot' player in the early Louis Armstrong mould. He played in the bands of Alex Revell, Cy Laurie, Ian Bell, The Temperance Seven, Mike Daniels and many others. Keith Nichols used him on his recreations of 1920s bands. Ben Cohen recorded for LAKE as a member of the Sonny Dee All Stars and Laurie Chescoe's Goodtime Jazz. This CD sees him with Brian White's Magna Jazz Band on previously unreleased tracks from 1979, 1984 and 1987. It is good, swinging jazz in the Chicago style and shows why Ben Cohen was so well regarded by musicians and jazz fans alike.

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KEN MATHIESON'S CLASSIC JAZZ BAND
CLARINET GUMBO
LACD333
This the third CD on LAKE Records for Ken Mathieson's Classic Jazz Orchestra. Rather than simply run through the jazz of the Classic Jazz era in a Trad Jazz style Ken Mathieson takes the tunes and arranges them in a modern context for his eight piece band. The result is a refreshing take on often well-worn tunes - " so much of it is due to Ken's brilliant arrangements" said Just Jazz magazine of a previous release. The Scotsman newspaper commented that "Mathieson's crisp and intelligent arrangements give an original twist to familiar tunes". Again, that is much in evidence on this release and reinforces the timeless quality of these Jazz tunes. Previous albums have been on particular themes and this one is no different. The guest is the hugely talented New Orleans based clarinettist, Evan Christopher. The tunes are associated with legendary clarinet players - Bechet, Bigard,Simeon, Hall, Noone and others. Christopher is undoubtedly the star. but the rest of the band rise give first class support.

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CHRIS BARBER'S JAZZ & BLUES BAND
JAZZ ME BLUES - THE 70s
LACD332
DOUBLE CD FOR THE PRICE OF ONE. In our extensive issue programme of Chris Barber CDs the 1970s have been neglected. Although Chris Barber had added the Blues guitar towards the end of the 1960s, the 1970s saw the renaming of the Jazz Band to the Jazz & Blues Band. This set is taken from the early part of the 70s before the addition of a second reed and although still rooted in the Jazz repertoire the band has played since its inception there was much more experimentation taking place. All the tracks here have been previously unreleased and include four tracks of Jimmy Witherspoon singing with the band and two bonus tracks of Chris playing with Muddy Waters' band. The CD release coincides with the publication of Chris Barber's autobiography also entitled 'JAZZ ME BLUES'.

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HOT FINGERS
SMILE
LACD331
'Spats' Langham, Danny Blyth, Malcolm Sked and Emily Campbell return with their second CD on the LAKE label. The eclectic mix is as before: string band material, gypsy jazz, hokum, swing and jazz classics with a hint of Broadway. 22 tracks played with great musical skill, enthusiasm, a touch of class and obvious enjoyment. Of their previous CD (LACD311) R2 magazine said "this is a likeable, good-humoured, entertaining album by wonderful musicians". The same applies to this album as well.

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THE JAKE LEG JUG BAND
NEXT STOP!
LACD330
The Jake Leg Jug Band brings you authentic sounds of 1920s and 30s America - Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Ragtime - and puts its own twist on it. Songs about murder, betrayal, gambling, liquor and redemption. The Jake Leg Jug Band's reputation as a lively, feel-good band is rapidly growing. The band's performance at the Congleton Jazz & Blues Festival drew the following comment: "Their image, style, and performance was wonderful and you really did buy into the prohibition-era feel of their set....wonderful sounds!" Recorded as part of the Vintage Recording Project.

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AT A TANGENT Vol.5 - SECOND LINE
LACD328
NO. 5 In the CDs looking at different aspects of British Traditional Jazz scene linked to the triple set BRITISH TRADITIONAL JAZZ - A POTTED HISTORY (LACD300).This one looks at bands which secured deals with major record labels following in the footsteps of the leading bands. It includes the superb Mike Cotton Jazzmen and more from the 'territory band', The Avon Cities Jazz Band.

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AT A TANGENT VOL.4 - THE TERRITORY BANDS
LACD327
Continuing the 'additions' to the triple album set 'A POTTED HISTORY OF BRITISH TRADITIONAL JAZZ' (LACD300) this collection take a snapshot view of the large number of bands which were formed in various part of the country as a result of the interest in Traditional Jazz. Aside from the major bands these local bands were the backbone of the scene often playing weekly in a local club. Some like Bristol's Avon Cities Jazz Band achieved some national recognition and landed recording contracts while others, like Carlisle's Gateway Jazz Band were rooted in their region. Some produced musicians who went on to greater things: John Barnes emerged from the Zenith 6 to become one of the UK's leading Jazz reedmen. The trumpet player in Bill Croft's band based in Newcastle Upon Tyne was John Walters went on to be a BBC producer working with John Peel. Some had a long lifespan whilst others were quite shortlived. There are many such bands still around today. This CD contains many rare tracks and some released for the very first time.

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