- Yes, Tony, I agree with you about Graeme Bell's Jazz Band. I only know
him from a 10" lp on Angel Records (U.S.) where they do five originals,
plus High Society, Cakewalkin' Babies and The Saints. I believe
Lyttleton is a guest on the latter three. I have seen only one other
Bell recording, I believe it was on Swaggie. Are there any sides now
available on CD?
Speaking of swinging trad bands, I know of none that swung as
consistantly and as tastefully as the Doc Evans groups from the 1950's,
mostly on Audiofile. Doc did one album (N.O.Festival on Columbia) with
Turk Murphy, and I consider that album the best Murphy ever made.
- --- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com, "Tony Standish" <mojohand@...> wrote:
>Grahame Bell?..Believe it was an OZ Band? Good ..but not as good as Luand Turk.....Remember the 'Dutch college of Swing' or something like
that!!! AAh! All our yesterdays..Cheers!!
> Turk, Lu, Humph - anyone ever get to hear the Bell Band? They hadquite a bit to do with what happened in Europe, and could outswing any
band that Turk Murphy ever had!
> Tony Standish
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- I heard most of the English revival bands in the 1950's, starting, in fact, with George Webb's Dixielanders in 1947 (I've also got the record George made with Bill Brunskill in 1996).
I saw Graeme Bell when he visited England. He is still active at the age of 90, and only recently held a concert. His reed and trumpet man, Ade Monsbourgh died recently also at a good age.
The bands I enjoyed the most (at the time, I hasten to add) were Humphrey Lyttelton, Freddie Randall, The Yorkshire Jazz Band, Ray Foxley and his Levee Ramblers.
Funnily enough, the first revival 78 that I bought was by the Firehouse Five + 2.
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