Phil Mason (cornet); Micky Cooke (tmb); Roger Myerscough (reeds); ‘Gentleman’ Jim McIntosh (bjo gtr); Trefor ‘Fingers’ Williams (str bs); Laurie Chescoe (drms); Christine Tyrrell (vcls); Roland van Laere (vcls)
Flat Foot * Cotton Fields Back Home * K C Moan * Once in a While * Louisian-i-ay * Dallas Blues * Baby Face * Help Me Make it Through
the Night * The Lady Is A Tramp * Don’t You Feel My Leg * It Looks Like a Big Time Tonight * When The Swallows Come Back to Capistrano * Worried Blues * Moan you Moaners * Walking With The King
Recorded by Paul Adams in February 2007 at The Theatre Royal, Workington, Cumbria, England
Artwork by Mary Blood LACD254
LAKE RECORDS, P O Box 40, Workington, Cumbria, England CA14 3GJ
The FLOOGIE version of Flat Foot in 1938 was recorded by none other than Benny Goodman and Wingy Manone in New York, and Nat Gonella, the Hot Club of France and The Mills Brothers in London, thus adding to the excitement of listening to it on this CD entitled “Once in a while”.
The album stretches the boundaries of jazz music, with one number of skiffle music K C Moan sung by Phil that is of remembrance to me of Ken Colyer; Worried Blues of Dylan; Roland van Laere sings a Rodger and Hart number of Sinatra fame, yet, with the complete album seemingly keeping within the style of its jazz roots. In other words, those of Brian Harvey on Radio Jazz “it generates heat that was once the province of Barber and Colyer” to which I’ll add that this CD encapsulates both of them.
Each will have a favourite as Walking With The King is with many, the voice of Micky Cooke on Louisian-i-ay reminds me of Acker Bilk, but I doubt if it is possible to hear a more beautiful clarinet sound in this kingdom than the one heard on When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano played by reeds man Roger Myerscough whose quality vocals on it adds to its charm.
Don’t You Feel My Leg is a delightful ditty, sung in lilting, catching , outspoken fashion by unique gospel styled singer, Christine, whose voice is full of passion and captivatingly invigorating. Let’s hope that BBC Alba Radio at the top of Castle Hill in Inverness will be brave enough to give this song exposure over their air waves.
Perhaps if the National TV and radio media had allowed at least some broadcasting space for “our kind of New Orleans jazz music” to be heard the Scottish Government’s reason to have all our young teenaged girls inoculated by an injection to prevent more of their peers from catching cervical cancer due to their current activities - its Parliament may not have had the need for such drastic action saving them from it to have been taken.
The Tyrrell gospel voice can also be heard in variety on Cotton Fields Back Home, Help Me Make It Through The Night and Moan You Moaners with excellent accompaniment.
As I see it, those who attended that concert will have witnessed an historic event in Inverness, Scotland.
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Kings Jazz Review
Tuesday the 23rd of September 2008