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Arthur Bliss Conducts BlissTHE BEATITUDES, A COLOUR SYMPHONY & PASTORAL
Arthur Bliss Conducts Bliss
THE BEATITUDES, A COLOUR SYMPHONY & PASTORAL

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Danish State Radio Symphony Orchestra75TH ANNIVERSARY
Danish State Radio Symphony Orchestra
75TH ANNIVERSARY

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The Syd Lawrence OrchestraSingin' 'n' Swingin' & Great Hits of the 1930s
The Syd Lawrence Orchestra
Singin' 'n' Swingin' & Great Hits of the 1930s

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Roberto Delgado & His Orchestra Jamaica-Disco, Dancing Queen & Tanz unter Tropischer Sonne
Roberto Delgado & His Orchestra
Jamaica-Disco, Dancing Queen & Tanz unter Tropischer Sonne

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Rutland BoughtonTHE QUEEN OF CORNWALL
Rutland Boughton
THE QUEEN OF CORNWALL

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2 CD Set - Including a 32-page booklet with the full libretto

“... a strong cast ... this is an admirable full-blooded performance.”
Calum MacDonald, BBC Music Magazine, September 2011

“A Tristan opera by a composer who aspired to be an ‘English Wagner’.”
Editor’s Choice, Gramophone, September 2011

“ ... clothed in gorgeous orchestration ...”
Jeremy Dibble, Gramophone, September 2011

“Ronald Corp ... brings full-blooded playing from the orchestra as is fitting but also draws quieter response in intimate scenes.”

“Collectors of English music should be interested in this release ...”

International Record Review, January 2011

Rutland Boughton: The Queen Of Cornwall - New London Orchestra & The London Chorus

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The Michael Garrick Quintet POETRY AND JAZZ IN CONCERT & BEFORE NIGHT/DAY
The Michael Garrick Quintet
POETRY AND JAZZ IN CONCERT
& BEFORE NIGHT/DAY

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2CDSML 8416 contains the glorious 1964 Argo double album Poetry and Jazz in Concert. The Michael Garrick Quintet featuring Shake Keane and Joe Harriott provides the jazz while the mercurial, witty minds and tongues of Jeremy Robson, Dannie Abse, Laurie Lee and Adrian Mitchell provide the poetry. Also included is the rare 1966 Argo EP Before Night/Day by the Michael Garrick Quintet with Jeremy Robson. Issued in stereo for the first time, it focuses on further explorations into the fascinating marriage of jazz with poetry.

“Robson’s appreciation of the rhythms of jazz and the shapes of words works remarkably well….Michael Garrick’s music both as interlude and accompaniment is marvellous…. Shake Keane is glorious on ‘Wedding Hymn’ and Joe Harriott is, as ever, inspired. Turn off the TV and absorb.”
Duncan Heining, Jazzwise, May 2006

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The Dick Morrissey QuartetHERE AND NOW AND SOUNDING GOOD & STORM WARNING!
The Dick Morrissey Quartet
HERE AND NOW AND SOUNDING GOOD & STORM WARNING!

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The late Dick Morrissey was one of the finest exponents of the tenor sax ever to emerge from the ’60s British jazz scene – a player whose prowess placed him on a par with such British sax geniuses as Tubby Hayes, Alan Skidmore, Tony Coe and Pete King. Therefore, Vocalion is more than proud to present on this 2-CD set two of The Dick Morrissey Quartet’s greatest recordings. Hailing from the latter half of the ’60s, both ‘Here and Now and Sounding Good’ (1967) & ‘Storm Warning!’ (1966) were recorded for the Mercury label and find Dick in his mid-twenties, a fully-fledged jazz tenor player in the company of Harry South, the first of several musical partners, mentors and guides who enhanced Dick’s career. Phil Bates (bass) and Bill Eyden (drums) are fine players and Phil Seamen (drums) is indeed the stuff of legend. Pianist-composer Harry South’s presence is keenly felt throughout both albums, contributing four original compositions. The remainder of the material comprises music by Tubby Hayes, Stan Tracey, Ian Hamer and Dick Morrissey himself, which sits nicely alongside a few well-chosen standards.
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"I was the journalist who broke the big story at the time, that Dick had split with guitarist Jim Mullen, to disband the wonderful Morrissey Mullen jazz-funk outfit. I remember calling Jim one day for a chat, and he seemed upset. He told me Dick had just that minute put the ‘phone down after breaking the bombshell news he was done with Morrissey Mullen. His reasons were simple... He just wanted to go back to playing jazz to pub and club audiences, to enjoy his playing again, rather than being part of a hip chart band playing in huge venues to thousands. From selling out several nights at Hammersmith Odeon, to the backroom of a smoky pub on a Sunday night, with bass and drums as a jazz trio, playing to a few dozen people, often for little more than beer money after the band and travel/B&B costs were covered. But in his element. Dick loved his jazz and jazz fans loved him. I recall photographing him at the start of the '80s, when he was backing blues legend Jimmy Witherspoon in 'Our Band.' Great memories of a tremendous player and a very nice bloke. Now two of his seminal albums are available on one CD. 'Here And Now And Sounding Good' (1967) and 'Storm Warning' (1966). Perhaps never quite widely recognised as the great player he was, a listen to either of these two albums on one CD, confirms that as a statement of fact, not just a suggestion. Recorded for the Mercury label, Dick in his mid '20s and in good company, with mega drummer Phil Seamen, Bill Eyden also on drums (he of Whiter Shade of Pale fame, for which he got a £15 session fee), Phil Bates on bass. Pianist and composer Harry South, who helped guide Dick’s career enormously over the years. He contributes four originals here. The remainder of the material comes from the pens of Tubby Hayes, Stan Tracey, Ian Hamer and Morrissey himself, alongside some well chosen standards. Come Rain or Come Shine a pleasing offering. Dick lost his battle with cancer in 2000, aged just 60. But he was a fighter to the end, and spent the last few months of his life sat in a wheelchair in his local pub in Kent, playing sax to a packed room with what little breath he had left. His work with early jazz-rock band “If” was some fine, fine playing and arrangements. Worth checking out. Maybe Vocalion can get hold of those recordings and bring them out on CD. I’ll be first to order them if they do. Meantime, get this CD of Dick’s and enjoy one of the great communicators of jazz, who straddled jazz and rock with ease and opened the door for many jazzers of the future to do the same, without fear of accusations of selling out. Bless you, Richard Edwin "Dick" Morrissey. RIP."
Simon Redley, www.bluesandsoul.com

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John DankworthTHE ZODIAC VARIATIONS & THE $1,000,000 COLLECTION
John Dankworth
THE ZODIAC VARIATIONS & THE $1,000,000 COLLECTION

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Legendary British jazz musician, bandleader, arranger and composer John Dankworth (1927-2010) took the twelve astrological signs of the Zodiac as inspiration for his glorious big band suite ‘The Zodiac Variations’, released on the Fontana label in 1965. Recorded in London and New York, Dankworth’s band comprised a who’s-who of jazz including such famed soloists as Kenny Wheeler and Clark Terry (trumpets/flugelhorns), Zoot Sims and Ronnie Scott (tenor saxes), Bob Brookmeyer (trombone) and Ronnie Ross (baritone sax). From two years later comes Dankworth’s ‘The $1,000,000 Collection’ album (1967), which forms another important entry in the Dankworth canon. On this occasion the inspiration for Dankworth’s original compositions was derived from the world of painting and art, and the cream of Britain’s jazzmen were on-hand to perform Dankworth’s scores. Among the personnel are Mike Gibbs and Chris Pyne (trombones), Tony Coe, Ray Swinfield and Tony Roberts (reeds), Laurie Holloway (piano) and Henry Lowther (trumpet).
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"Assembled within are two wonderful examples of Johnny Dankworth at his compositional best on the 1964 collectors delight 'Zodiac Variations' which is paired with '$1m Collection' from 1967. The former is the jewel in the crown and, as the title suggests, features pieces that are evenly divided up between the stars signs of Zodiac. Underpinning the album as a whole is a deeply impressionistic feel that echoes Gil Evans and his big band orchestrations. If the numbers are relatively concise, then they are nonethless beautifully constructed such as the cool school vibe of 'Aquarius' with it's MJQ sounding texture on vibes. Contrast this with the uptempo hues of 'Aries' and the more sedate tones of 'Libra' with baritone saxophonist Ronnie Ross showcasing his talents. An all-star line up includes a fabulous mix of US and UK musicians including Clark Terry and Kenny Wheeler on trumpets, Zoot Sims, Lucky Thompson and Phil Woods on assorted saxophones and Bob Brookmeyer on trombone. Shoring up the rhythm section is one Chuck Israel who performed as part of the Bill Evans trio. If the first album casts new light on the Zodiac signs, then the second, recorded just three years later and with a British line up, aimed to convey the expression of artistic endeavour more generally. Thus the piece 'Winter scene' was inspired by Dutch landscape painter Hendrik Avercamp while the reflective 'Little girl in blue' is a lyrical number featuring the excellent Ray Swinfield on flute. Pianist Laurie Holloway, later to be a staple of BBC big band orchestras, notably on the Parkinson show, features throughout."
5/5, Tim Stenhouse, Manchester Evening News, August 2011

"This man needs no introduction. as the Godfather of British jazz and big band, with a major International reputation. Sadly he passed away in February last year, playing up to his death, from his wheelchair on stage. John’s musical legacy lives on. A very important figure as a composer, arranger, band leader and superb musician. Head of the Dankworth musical dynasty – son Alec a superb bassist and composer, daughter Jacqui, actress and great singer (currently working on an album she started with her late father.) His “other half”, Dame Cleo Laine, of course. Dankworth Knighted by the Queen in 2006. Unique as a couple, as both had titles in their own right. The man had a wicked sense of humour, was a lovable guy and with his wife, worked tirelessly to establish their wonderful venue, The Stables at Wavendon near Milton Keynes, in the grounds of their home. I can recall the famous couple turning up part way through a show there, and sitting down next to me some years ago, when my friend, actress Judy Carne was doing her one woman show. Distracted, I just wanted to shake John’s hand and tell him how much I admired his music. Not wise, when in the front row in a hushed theatre a few feet from your pal whose show it is! Dankworth took the 12 astrological signs of the zodiac as inspiration for his big band suite 'The Zodiac Variations.' Originally released on Fontana in 1965, recorded in London and New York. Featuring a who’s who of jazz, including famed soloists Kenny Wheeler and Clark Terry on trumpets and flugel horns. Zoot Sims and Ronnie Scott (now there was a funny guy) on tenor sax. The great Bob Brookmeyer on trombone and Ronnie Ross on baritone sax. From two years later comes 'The $1,000,000 Collection.' This time John derived his inspiration from art and paintings.The cream of British jazz were on hand to ably assist in delivering a sparkling symphony of fine jazz. Mike Gibbs, Chris Pyne, Tony Coe, Ray Swinfield, Tony Roberts, the great band leader and arranger Laurie Holloway and trumpet king Henry Lowther, who appeared at Woodstock in 1969 with Keef Hartley.This double CD is a must if you have taste, class, style and perhaps want to save the vinyl originals for your kids!"
Simon Redley, www.bluesandsoul.com

"More fabulous homegrown jazz comes in the shape of a couple of John Dankworth twofers. The first pairs 1964’s orchestral LP, The Zodiac Variations (recorded in New York with US luminaries Clark Terry, Zoot Sims, Phil Woods and Bob Brookmeyer, with ’67’s The $1,000,000 Collection, an ambitious big band suite."
Charles Waring, Record Collector, September 2011 (four stars out of five)

2 CD SET - 2CDSML 8480

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John Dankworth Big BandFULL CIRCLE & LIFELINE
John Dankworth Big Band
FULL CIRCLE & LIFELINE

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The 1970s was when jazz and rock met head-on, thereby creating the jazz-rock genre, the most significant and certainly the most controversial development in jazz since the free-jazz movement of the previous decade. Miles Davis’s seminal ‘Bitches Brew’ album, recorded in 1969, is regarded as jazz-rock’s first major statement, but of equal importance was a different strand of rock-influenced jazz being developed in Britain at the same time. Among its leading exponents were such gifted young musicians as Mike Gibbs, Ian Carr, Mike Westbrook and, from the generation before theirs, bandleader, composer and alto saxophonist John Dankworth (1927-2010). The albums compiled here are two of Dankworth’s most significant forays into the jazz-rock genre, and show that he was responsive to the latest developments in jazz. 1972’s ‘Full Circle’ and 1973’s ‘Lifeline’ both feature an exciting blend of rock’s energy and electric instrumentation with jazz’s intricate harmonies and melodic contours. Dankworth leads a powerhouse band consisting of such fine players as Tony Hymas/Alan Branscombe/John Taylor (keyboards), Daryl Runswick (bass guitar) and Harold Fisher/John Spooner (drums), while in the brass and reeds sections are luminaries including Mike Gibbs, Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann, Don Rendell and Dankworth himself.
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"British jazz composer and saxophonist extraordinaire, the late Johnny Dankworth was a highly versatile musician who recorded some memorable sides for television, film and vinyl alike. This excellent series of re-issues from Vocalion enables us to rediscover some of the mid-1960s and early to mid-1970s period era of his work, and this particular edition focuses on two albums from 1971 and 1972 respectively. The former, 'Full Circle', is slightly stronger with the reflective piece 'Scmaltz waltz' and it's lovely use of vibes and piano (John Taylor no less) a highlight. By contrast there is a strong percussive cu-bop feel to 'Earthman' (the first of the Dankworth original compositions) with big band unison on the main theme and a lovely flute solo. The second of the two originals on the album, 'Academy One', is an unabashed attempt at a contemporary sound that conjurs up the backbeat to Serge Gainsbourg's 'Melody Nelson' from the same period. Finally an uplifting fusion-jazz number is 'A family joy' with Bruce Graham soloing on piano. The second album, 'Lifeline', features one of Dankworth's most memorable and easily recognisable tunes, the theme from 'Tomorrow's world' which for the uninitiated was the long-standing science programme for the BBC. This includes a gorgeous extended solo on flute from Stan Sulzmann. Far more elaborate and intricate is a five movement suite and, of these pieces, the moody brass-led 'Orinoco' impresses as does the disitnctly 1970s soundtrack ambiance of 'Brass roots' with its use of wah-wah guitar and electric bass. Here Don Rendell features on soprano saxophone alongside Cleo Laine's wordless vocals. All in all a fine example of how British jazz had evolved from bop imitation into something quite distinct and refreshing."
4/5, Tim Stenhouse, Manchester Evening News, August 2011

"Dankworth’s foray into jazz rock, popularised at the time by many exponents here and across the pond, since the seed was first sown by the likes of Blood Sweat and Tears, and of course, Miles Davis in '69, with Bitches Brew. Leading exponents here were Colloseum, Mike Gibbs, Ian Carr, Mike Westbrook, and from the preceeding generation; Mr John Dankworth. The albums compiled here are two of his most significant journeys into the jazz-rock style, reflecting just how responsive he was to the latest developments in jazz, unlike some of the old school who turned their nose up at change and stuck to the same old, same old. 'Full Circle' and 'Lifeline' feature an exciting blend of rock’s energy and electric instrumentation, with jazz intricacy, jazz harmonies and melodic contours. Dankworth leads a powerhouse band of fine players, including Tony Hymas, Alan Branscombe, John Taylor on keys. Daryl Runswick on bass. Harold Fisher and John Spooner on drums. In the brass and reed sections, sat such luminaries as Kenny Wheeler, a colossus of a player. He was in great company, with the likes of Mike Gibbs, Stan Sulzman, Don Rendell and Mr Dankworth himself. A fitting tribute to the late and great JD, this re-issue should remind us of just how bloody brilliant the man was, and just how much he contributed to the world of music. Luckily for us, his music lives on - and he left us with a heck of a lot of it too."
Simon Redley, www.bluesandsoul.com

"Dankworth’s carefully-wrought arrangements, with their rich sonorities, stylistic élan and harmonic sophistication are also in evidence on two of his ’70s big band LPs, Full Circle and Lifeline. The latter contains a souped-up version of his theme to the BBC science programme, Tomorrow’s World.
Charles Waring, Record Collector, September 2011 (four stars out of five)

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Arthur Butterworth (1923-2014)
Arthur Butterworth (1923-2014)
 

Manchester-born composer-conductor Arthur Butterworth, who died in November 2014 at the age of 91, recorded several of his most substantial works for Dutton Epoch, including his Fourth Symphony and Viola Concerto.

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The Griller Quartet play Mozart & Haydn
The Griller Quartet play Mozart & Haydn

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Sir Adrian Boult conducts Vaughan Williams
Sir Adrian Boult conducts Vaughan Williams

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The Griller Quartet play Bloch & Dvořák
The Griller Quartet play Bloch & Dvořák

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Kathleen Long plays Mozart
Kathleen Long plays Mozart

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Nancy EvansTHE COMELY MEZZO
Nancy Evans
THE COMELY MEZZO

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Maggie TeyteTHE POCKET PRIMA DONNA
Maggie Teyte
THE POCKET PRIMA DONNA

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Alfred PiccaverTHE SON OF VIENNA
Alfred Piccaver
THE SON OF VIENNA

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Helge RoswaengeTHE DANE WITH THE HIGH D
Helge Roswaenge
THE DANE WITH THE HIGH D

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Richard Strauss conducts Ein Heldenleben
Richard Strauss conducts Ein Heldenleben

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The Griller Quartet play HaydnTHE LAST SEVEN WORDS OP.51
The Griller Quartet play Haydn
THE LAST SEVEN WORDS OP.51

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