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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby




Gilles Peterson

Universal – 064 749 2





First Born-Michael Garrick Trio


Down In the Village-Tubby Hayes Quintet


Jaipur- Joe Harriott & Amancio D’Silva Quartet


Black Marigolds-Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet


Cleopatra’s Needle-Ronnie Ross


Lullaby for a Lonely Child-Graham Collier


Rolli’s Tune-Harry Beckett


Dusk Fire-Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet


Gilles Peterson of Worldwide BBC Radio 1 put this compilation together and bearing in mind the recent resurgence in British modern jazz of the 1960s and ’70s he couldn’t be on safer ground.

On the eight tracks are featured some of the finest musicians, either born or domiciled in Britain, who began making a valuable contribution to jazz over fifty years ago – some are still on the scene today. Others such as Joe Harriott and Tubby Hayes left this mortal coil far too early. Each track has its merits and the two reviewed here are not meant to be any measure of comparison with the others.

Cleopatra’s Needle is the title track from baritone saxophone player Ronnie Ross’ 1968 debut album. Of his era Ross was without doubt one of the world’s top jazz musicians and acclaimed by his peers especially in Britain and the United States of America. On the original recording this number was described as a ‘serious floor burner’ and also as an ‘old fashioned 20-bar blues.’ The quality of Ross’ playing and that of Bill le Sage is superb.

In Tubby Hayes we also had a most astonishing musician whether he was playing tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, vibes or flute. He was probably the finest jazz musician this country produced. During his all too brief life he was equal in every respect to any of America’s modern jazz musicians. The track Down In the Village with Tubby playing vibes can be looked upon as a tribute to the occasion when he first appeared in New York. The accompanying musicians are Jimmy Deuchar – trumpet, Gordon Beck – piano, Freddy Logan – bass and Alan Ganley – drums. This type of music never dates.

There are many recordings from this particular era still to be re-released and if ‘Impressed’ is a foretaste of what is to come then the sooner they appear the better.

Jack Ashby

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