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Keep It Light is an anthology of British modern jazz spanning the decade from the mid-fifties until eclipsed by the advent of The Beatles, R&B and Beat. The early British modernists were influenced by such black American masters as Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie, and they based their lives and art on similar premises as their heroes, affecting dark glasses and a hip stance. In contrast to the beer-swilling revivalists, pot and pep-pills were their chosen stimulants though such were the physical and psychological demands of touring, some suffered damaging encounters with hard drugs.

The rise of the modernists marked an extraordinary era which saw the opening of the original Ronnie Scott’s club in Gerrard Street, Soho, and the emergence of a golden generation of exceptional musicians who would create a musical identity for British jazz. Prominent among them, two prodigies, multi-instrumentalists, composers and school chums, Tubby Hayes, (who with Ronnie Scott would create the finest British be-bop group of all, The Jazz Couriers) and Victor Feldman, described by Benny Green as “the most gifted jazz musician Britain has ever produced”. Stan Tracey (another authentic jazz composer who was resident pianist at Ronnie Scott’s for seven years), also emerged along with the brilliant and much in demand Scottish arranger and trumpeter Jimmy Deuchar, the Jamaica-born saxophonist Joe Harriott, who abandoned the security of a successful quintet to devote himself to his revolutionary new “abstract” music, Cleo Laine and Annie Ross, simply two of the greatest post-war female jazz vocalists in the world, and Johnny Dankworth and Dudley Moore, both leading composers of film music.

Keep It Light captures the atmosphere of the late 50s, early 60s British jazz scene; a time of creativity, style and excitement. The sound is not American. It’s not East Coast, or West Coast, but unmistakably, London.

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DISC ONE:

DON RENDELL JAZZ SIX

1. HIT THE ROAD TO DREAMLAND

2. IGNIS FATUUS


ANNIE ROSS WITH THE TONY KINSEY QUINTET

3. BELLINI


RONNIE SCOTT / JIMMY DEUCHAR QUINTET

4. THE HAUNTED JAZZ CLUB


JIMMY DEUCHAR ENSEMBLE

5. TREBLE GOLD


THE JAZZ COURIERS

6. TIME WAS

7. ROYAL ASCOT


TUBBY HAYES QUARTET

8. YOUNG AND FOOLISH TUBBY HAYES QUINTET

9. IN THE NIGHT


VICTOR FELDMAN QUARTET

10. KAREN


VICTOR FELDMAN TRIO

11. SERPENT'S TOOTH

12. SATIN DOLL


VICTOR FELDMAN QUARTET

13. LISA

14. COME SUNDAY


DUDLEY MOORE TRIO

15. STRICTLY FOR THE BIRDS
16. DUDDLY DELL



DISC TWO:

JOE HARRIOTT QUINTET

1. STRAIGHT LINES

2. ABSTRACT

3. PICTURES

4. TONAL


STAN TRACEY TRIO

5. BABY BLUE


TONY CROMBIE ORCHESTRA

6. LULLABY

7. KEEP IT LIGHT

8. JUST LIKE OLD TIMES


CLEO LAINE

9. IT WAS A LOVER AND HIS LASS

10. SIGH NO MORE LADIES

11. OH MISTRESS MINE

12. BLOW BLOW THOU WINTER WIND KEN MOULE / THE LONDON JAZZ CHAMBER GROUP

13. CLEO LAINE

14. ZSA ZSA GABOR


GEORGE SHEARING QUINTET

15. THE OUTLAW

16. I'LL BE AROUND

17. MY NEW MAMBO


JOHNNY HAWKSWORTH (SELECTIONS FROM THE FILM, 'THE PENTHOUSE')

18. THE WORLD IS FULL OF LONELY MEN

19. DANCE

20. LISTEN TO MUSIC


RONNIE ROSS QUINTET

21. THE SERPENT


EDDIE THOMPSON QUINTET

22. A FOGGY DAY



DISC THREE:

THE JOHNNY DANKWORTH ORCHESTRA

1. MOANIN'


CLEO LAINE

2. THIEVING BOY (FROM THE FILM, 'THE CRIMINAL')

3. LET'S SLIP AWAY (FROM THE FILM, 'SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING')


JACK PARNELL AND HIS ORCHESTRA

4. THE GOLDEN STRIKER


HUMPHREY LYTTELTON AND HIS BAND

5. BAD PENNY BLUES

6. BLUES IN THE NIGHT


DIZZY REECE QUINTET

7. CHORUS

8. BASIE LINE


TONY KINSEY QUINTET

9. PORTRAIT

10.GIRL IN BLUE

11.RUNNYMEDE GROOVE


THE JAZZ MAKERS

12.COUNTRY SQUIRE

13.THE MOONBATHER


THE JAZZ FIVE

14.THE FIVE OF US


GEORGIA BROWN WITH TED HEATH

15.THE HONEYSUCKLE & THE BEE LONDON JAZZ QUARTET

16.THE BARON'S BLUES

17.MIRAGE

18.BIG BEN BOUNCE


TOMMY WATT AND HIS ORCHESTRA

19.GRASSHOPPER JUMP


JERRY ALLEN AND HIS TRIO 20.FRIGID MIDGET

21.LUNCHBOXER


GEORGE MELLY

22.THE MONKEY AND THE BABOON BRITISH JAZZ TRIO

23.LONDON PRIDE


ANNIE ROSS

24.BYE BYE BLUES