This new CD by one of modern music’s dynamic icons features many of Louis Jordan’s classic hits and also traces the progress of his career from his earliest appearances on record. It’s essential listening for those who want to hear the great vocalist/saxophonist at his best and learn what led to a transitional time in popular music and the present-day acclaim of Jordan’s music by a fresh generation. Guest artists Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby and Louis ... [MORE]
This new release, the latest in Upbeat’s prestigious re-issue series of jazz pioneer George Lewis’s rarest material features two fine sessions that have not been available in the UK since the early 60s. The albums Blues from the Bayou and Doctor Jazz from 1959 have been collectors’ items for decades and represent George and the band on top form playing numbers they’d never previously recorded. As a bonus, one of their most popular sessions from 1953 has ... [MORE]
In 1956 Norman Granz (manager of Oscar Peterson and promoter of Jazz At The Philharmonic) suddenly became interested in the older generation of jazzmen still active and signed up Kid Ory for a series of recordings for his record label, Verve.
This new Upbeat CD presents a long unavailable Verve album, The Kid From New Orleans, together with two tracks from Ory's guest appearance at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival and selections from a concert ... [MORE]
A new anthology of rare tracks by one of the true legends of New Orleans Jazz compiled by the respected musician and broadcaster, Mike Pointon. Bunk Johnson's re-emergence in the 1940s inspired a whole generation of young jazzmen throughout the world. This newly re-mastered selection reminds us what a vital link Bunk was to the very earliest days of jazz.
The CD and authoritative booklet gives a detailed insight into the life and work of a ... [MORE]
Featuring the original 'Bad Penny Blues' rhythm section Johnny Parker, Jim Bray and Stan Grieg. Re-mastered by Dave Bennett with notes by Humphrey Lytteltonand Peter Vacher. Recorded at Epsom Playhouse on 21st May 1985 - this is a gem not to be missed. [MORE]
This double CD contains two complete George Lewis albums from 1958 recorded under the prestigious supervision of Norman Granz - plus a first UK release of an album by Alton Purnell.The first LP, 'The Perennial George Lewis', holds a special place in the hearts of many Lewis enthusiasts while the second LP, 'Oh Didn't He Ramble' (issued in the UK as a 10” album 'Raggin' And Stompin' and EP “New Orleans Memories”) is somewhat less well known but equal in ... [MORE]
2 original LPs on one CD! Recorded 1953 and 1955 - re-mastered by Dave Bennett.
The Wilbur de Paris band was, and still is, quite unique. Each musician belonged to the classic era and had been associated with the absolute greats: Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford, Sidney Bechet and Cab Calloway for example. Their energy and vitality, combined with natural swing and embodiment of the whole classic jazz culture, ... [MORE]
Oh,Mr Jelly!, Upbeat’s latest addition to their acclaimed Portrait series, offers an essential overview of legendary jazz pioneer Jelly Roll Morton’s recorded output. This comprehensive album by one of jazz’s most influential figures includes several of his ground-breaking arrangements for his Red Hot Peppers as well as examples of Mr Jelly’s sparkling piano solos and moving vocals. It provides an ideal introduction to Morton’s innovative work and is ... [MORE]
This album Fifteen Years On was originally recorded in 1984 and was the first release on the newly formed Pasadena Roof Orchestra label. We are delighted to re-release it now in 2009. It is a collection of great titles, brilliantly performed by this renowned jazz orchestra.
Fifteen years on from what - you may ask? Well from the musical equivalent of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls - the discovery in a Manchester attic in 1969 of humdreds ... [MORE]
This is the one Lonnie fans have been waiting for! A superb album of Lonnie Donegan from the late 60s featuring his much loved hit single My Old Man's A Dustman plus some hidden treasures. All of Lonnie Donegan is presented here – music hall, fun, electric skiffle, blues and ballads and a lot of laughs. Much requested tracks that have not been available before appear in the second half of this album. [MORE]
The seventh in our acclaimed Portrait series - Johnny Dodds with fantastic bands that he played with throughout his career - King Oliver, Freddie Keppard, Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven, Jimmy Blythe, Dixieland Jug Blowers and also with his own Trio and Orchestra.....and much more....wonderful! [MORE]
George Lewis On Stage was recorded in July 1956 and features 12 tracks where Lewis is joined by Thomas Jefferson, Bob Thomas, Alton Purnell, Alcide 'Slow Dog' Pavageau and Joe Watkins.
George Lewis At Newport was recorded in July 1957 with similar personnel except Jack Willis replaces Thomas Jefferson, and Joe Robichaux replaces Alton Purnell. These 5 great tracks complete the album - 64 glorious minutes of Lewis at his best! [MORE]
24 tracks digitally remastered by Dave Bennett with notes by Mike Pointon. The late, great Humphrey Lyttelton with his own band and also featured with The Paseo Jazz Band. Released with the approval of Humph's Estate and family. A superb album - not to be missed. [MORE]
Ken Colyer's Allstars at Studio 51 Club in April and May 1972 celebrating the unique Colyer sound that remains so popular today. Here Ken is joined by Sammy Rimington clarinet, Barry Palser trombone, Peter Morcombe tenor banjo, Annie Hawkins bass, Colin Bowden drums. Volume 1 is on URCD217 [MORE]
10 tracks from the 1956 American Cavalier LP, featuring George Lewis with Thomas Jefferson (trumpet) Bob Thomas (trombone) Alton Purnell (piano and vocals)Alcide 'Slow Drag' Pavageau (String Bass)Joe Watkins (drums and vocals).
PLUS six tracks from 1957 where George is joined by Peter Stanton (cornet)Dick Oxtot (banjo) Barbara Dane (vocals) and Lelias Sharpton (bass) [MORE]
Yet another wonderful recording from this great jazz band, with new arrangements and two terrific new songs. Recorded in 1992, the CD has been re-released here by popular demand! 17 great tracks by this British institution. Personnel are: Captain Christopher Buckley - Colonel Alexander Hitchcock Galloway - Dr Graham Collicott - Michael Grimsargh Deighan - Flight Commander Patrick Rixon - The Laird Wee Willie McHastie - The Marquis of Piccadilly - The ... [MORE]
DISTRIBUTION ALBUM OF THE MONTH ON RELEASE! Not to be missed!
Newly remastered stereo version of the great 1956 classic album with was the greatest blues album of all time! Big Joe Turner is reunited with Boogie pianist Pete Johnson and also featured is the great Ellingtonian trombonist Lawrence Brown. Plus 11 bonus tracks from 1955/56 originally produced for the hit parade and jukebox market. [MORE]
At Last! Here is the much anticapted second half of the 1981 Jubilee concert from London's Fairfield Halls! The CD also features bonus tracks from Donegan's Dancing Sunshine Band. This is Lonnie at his very best!The First Half is available on URCD214. [MORE]
These two sessions come from the period in Ken's career when he had just retired brom being a full-time band leader, as advised by his doctor. So he sought out guest spots with other bands and this CD was recorded at Ken Colyer's favourite venue, Studio 51 in January and February 1972. Great line-up including Sammy Rimington - with some unusual tracks not easily found on other albums. Full details inside.
Volume 2 is on URCD222 [MORE]
The Temperance Seven celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2007 with this compilation CD containing 19 favourite tracks from the 3 CDs on our label. All three were recorded in the same studio - Porcupine - between 1989 and 1992.
The Temperance Seven enjoy a unique position in the history of British Jazz. Considered by the unenlightened few as a novelty item, for most people the ir music is still as enjoyable today as when the band was first formed back ... [MORE]
The sixth title in our acclaimed Portrait series, this 22 track CD features Muggsy with some of the all-time jazz greats, including Sidney Bechet, Eddie Condon,Bing Crosby, Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins and Pee Wee Russell. Recordings date from 1924 - 1952 to give a rounded portrait of this cornet master. [MORE]
The long awaited re-release of the first half of the concert of Lonnie Donegan at the Fiarfield Hall on 5th June 1981 - featuring an all-star line up with Ken Colyer, Pat Halcox, Chris Barber, Monty Sunshine, Jim Bray and Ron Bowden in The Band, plus tracks of the Skiffle Group featuring Lonnie, Ken, Chris plus Bill Colyer. The Second Half is available on URCD218. [MORE]
SIMPLY THE BEST - BRITISH JAZZ FROM THE 1950s - Volume 2 - Various Artists inc Chris Barber, Ken Colyer, Humph and Lonnie Donegan
I'm sure you will enjoy Volume 2 of this popular series - a British Jazz journey through the 1950s, again featuring several rare recordings of popular bands of the time. It features Chris Barber's Jazzband, Lonnie Donegan's Skiffle Group, Ken Colyer's Jazzmen, Humphrey Lyttelton and his Band, Mick Mulligan's Jazz Band with George Melly, Sandy Brown's Jazz Band, Freddie Randall and his Band and Cy Laurie Band. Full details inside. Volume 1 is on URCD209. [MORE]
Superb 'live' recording of Lonnie's last tour recorded in October 2002 - Lonnie was on excellent form on what was to be his last tour. Plus bonus tracks from his son Peter who played piano on the Last Tour and is continuing his father's legacy. There are liner notes from the Donegan family - a unique 'must' for all jazz fans. [MORE]