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Ken Mackintosh

His Saxophone
And his Orchestra
A Tribute

LIVING ERA CD AJA 5640

 


  1. The Creep
  2. Plink, Plank, Plonk
  3. The Champ
  4. It Ain’t Necessarily So
  5. Plymouth Sound
  6. Harlem Nocturne
  7. I’ll Be Hanging’’’ Around
  8. Istanbul
  9. Off Shore
  10. Tootle-Loo-Siana
  11. Till Then
  12. Skin deep
  13. The Echoing Blues
  14. The Monster
  15. Black Velvet
  16. Air Express
  17. I Want You All to Myself
  18. Shifting Sands
  19. The Very Thought of You
  20. Creeping Tom
  21. Tin Pan Alley Ball
  22. Unchained Melody
  23. Curtain Call
  24. Lovers in the Dark
  25. Blues in the Night
  26. Start Walking
  27. Misty

Living Era are to be congratulated on producing this excellent tribute to Ken Mack and his band. This selection is totally representative of the kind of programme they played in ballrooms and concert halls throughout the UK. Ken always delivered a quality performance, he had plenty of experience as a lead alto in many bands including those of George Elrick and Oscar Rabin, before forming his own band at Nottingham’s famous Astoria ballroom in 1948.

Ken’s band was not as big as some, but it was packed with top musicians, Pete Warner, Bobby Kevin,, Jack Seymour, Bert Courtley and Don Lang, just to name a few.

The programme is divided as follows, very well played alto sax solos from the leader, swingers, vocals, comedy and in the latter years many of the Ray Anthony Band’s hits from the USA.

No one who was around in that era will forget The Creep, it was guaranteed to fill the dance floor. Ken knew what the public wanted and he delivered it, he also knew that he had to also play things that kept his musicians interested, but did not go over the heads of his audience, and he did that as well.

Thank you Ken, for this music, I hope many of those who were so well entertained by you will buy this tribute, it is well worth listening to.
 
Don Mather



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