Tuesday, December 18, 2012


A last bit of blogging before Christmas.

Just a few last minute words to get you ready for The season of parties, good food and good jazz. Yes, I do mean it’s Christmas Time AGAIN. And of course you can get all of the above in one swoop by coming out to Hedsor Jazz’s Christmas Party on Thursday this week.

1. It’s a Party,

2. There will be buffet Food,

3. You will have the extended Clive Burton Quintet to listen to.

Extended? Yes, Singer Gill Cook and saxophonist Willie Garnet will be added into the ensemble. And being as it’s a party, probably some other guest musicians as well!!

 Gill Cook

Tickets are £10 each, there are a few left, so go on, have yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and start at Hedsor Social Club on December 20th!

For those of you who rely on Sat Nav, the post code for the Hedsor Social Club is SL8 5ES 

CD’s Listened to this past few days.



 All the Album Covers!!

Back in the early 1970’s we had got over the Trad versus Mod frictions, because there was a whole new lot of frictions developing. Was modern Jazz (Bop) degenerating into Rock? Or was Rock maturing into Modern Jazz (in a tank top)?

Producer Creed Taylor decided that whatever you call in, it was worth having his label record it, and CTI records was launched. And thank goodness he did us that favour. Most jazz fans have heard some of his recordings, some of us have some of them in original LP version. Names like Stanley Turrentine, Ron Carter, Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard and Gerry Mulligan are all to be found on CTI covers. I have just acquired a 4 CD set commemorating the launch of that label, and there are some excellent tracks to be found within the LP sized book that contains the CD’s. You can get yourself a copy (maybe even in time for Christmas) from Amazon for about £30. There are 39 tracks in all, beautifully reworked for CD. Most of the individual CD’s are also still available, I picked up one I missed first time around (Beyond the Blue Horizon: George Benson) this week for around £5 including P&P!

The 4 CD collection, illustrated above, is called CTI Records: "The Cool Revolution". It's on Masterworks Jazz 88697 76821 2

If you are unable to come to our party on Thursday may I take this opportunity of wishing you all a very happy Christmas time.

There was no room for them at the Inn

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