Ken Colyer’s Jazzmen Live - Rediscovered Treasures From The Classic Years
Upbeat now present a welcome addition to their acclaimed Ken Colyer series.
This new CD contains over an hour of previously unheard, digitally remastered tracks from what was considered to be Colyer’s ‘classic’ line-up from the late 50s playing standards, blues, spirituals and rags in their relaxed and inspired way.
Four songs feature the rarely-recorded vocalist Rosina Scudder, one of the few female singers to guest regularly with the Jazzmen.
All the exciting ambience of Colyer’s Studio ‘51 basement club is recaptured here including a bonus number from Ken’s pioneering skiffle group.
Location recordings from the late 50s including Eel Pie Island 1957
Ken Colyer trumpet (guitar only on track 8 and vocal on tracks 1, 2, 8, 9, 11)
Ian Wheeler clarinet, Mac Duncan trombone, Ray Foxley piano tracks 1 - 7, John Bastable tenor banjo, Ron Ward string bass, Colin Bowden drums plus Rosina Scudder vocal tracks 3,4,5,6
Total running time 71.58
1. Walkin' With The King (Trad) - 4.33
2. Baby Won't You Please Come Home (Williams) - 12.01
3. Trouble in Mind (Jones) - 4.37
4. I Can't Give You Anything But Love (Fields and McHugh) - 7.06
5. Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home (Cannon) - 5.38
6. Careless Love (Handy) - 6.04
7. Sweet Lorraine (Parish and Burwell) - 6.03
8. Meeting at the Building (Trad) - 1.50
9. Winin' Boy Blues (Morton) - 5.56
10. Working Man Blues (Oliver) - 6.09
11. One Sweet Letter From You (Brown, Clare and Warren) - 6.17
12. Dusty Rag (Aufderheide) - 3.59
13. Joplin's Sensation (Lamb) - 3.45
Reviews of This Recording
Colyer completists will want this one……….These are described as 'treasures' and so they undoubtedly will be to the avid Colyerist. Jerry Brown, JAZZ JOURNAL October 2013
Here are examples of what many would consider to be the highpoint of Ken Colyer's contribution to jazz. It's 'classic' band giving us some exciting musical experiences that lit up those final national service years in Britain in the period between Suez and the swinging sixties........So, was it 'that good'? I put this CD on again and closed my eyes. Answer:'Yes. It was even better than I remember it!' Peter Morcom - Just Jazz