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The Tempo Anthology - British Modern Jazz 1954-60
The Tempo Anthology - British Modern Jazz 1954-60

Various Artists
Styles: Jazz
Catalogue Number: ACQCD7101

Between 1954 and 1960, the British Tempo label probably did more than any other recording imprint to document the rapid progress of local modern jazz. Poorly funded, and run almost exclusively on the irrepressible energy of Tony Hall, otherwise part of Decca's exploitation team, its catalogue of EP's, 10” and 12” LPs captured the early steps of such soon-to-be legends as saxophonists Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott and Don Rendell, multi-instrumentalist Victor Feldman, trumpeters Dizzy Reece and Jimmy Deuchar and drummer Phil Seamen, all of whom effectively entered a rotating stock company, operating in much the same way as Art Blakey, Horace Silver and Hank Mobley were then doing on the fabled Blue Note label.

Keen to introduce his roster of artists to as wider audience as possible, Hall however did something Blue Note's bosses never tried: during 1957 and '58 he released three multi-artist anthologies, each with the aim of drawing in new listeners via specific thematic angles, sometimes spicing the mix with material not available elsewhere in Tempo's output. Cool Music For A Hot Night promised a programme of ballad performances: Speak Low delivered a sequence of largely grooving medium-tempo material and Swingin' The Blues found Tempo's stars tackling funky, blues-related themes by the likes of Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt and Horace Silver. Each album also had the considerable bonus of striking cover art featuring the then young-starlet-cum-model Jackie Collins, later to become a celebrated author. Since their initial release, all three albums have gone on to become rare collectors’ items, prized as much for their sleeve imagery as their musical contents.

This new Acrobat 4-CD contains all three LPs in their original running order, restoring material that was sometimes edited out in order to fit the original playing time. Featuring the collectable cover art, rare photographs of many of the participating musicians, reminiscences by Tony Hall and a detailed booklet note by award-winning saxophonist and author Simon Spillett, this release makes an ideal introduction to a record label once dubbed “the Blue Note of British jazz.” A further bonus CD assembles a similar mood music programme from Tempo's later 1957-60 catalogue, including performances by Tommy Whittle, Eddie Thompson and Tony Crombie.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 How Deep Is The Ocean? Dizzy Reece Quartet
2 Yesterdays Don Rendell Quartet
3 Sunshine On A Dull Day Victor Feldman Septet
4 Foolin' Myself Tubby Hayes Quintet
5 Stars Fell On Alabama/Once In A While Harry Klein/Ronnie Scott
6 The Gypsy Dizzy Reece Quartet
7 Body and Soul Don Rendell Quartet
8 These Foolish Things The New Jazz Group featuring Dizzy Reece
9 Chelsea Bridge The Damian Robinson Trio
10 Deep In A Dream Victor Feldman Quartet
11 Imagination Tubby Hayes Quartet
12 This Is Always Dizzy Reece Quartet
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Speak Low Ronnie Scott Quintet
2 How Long Has This Been Going On? Jimmy Deuchar Quartet
3 Duffle Coat Victor Feldman Quartet
4 Bass House Jimmy Deuchar Ensemble
5 Easy To Love Victor Feldman Quartet
6 I'll Take Romance Ronnie Scott Quintet
7 On A Misty Night The Jazz Couriers
8 When? Dizzy Reece Quintet
9 New Orleans Don Rendell Quartet
10 Time Will Tell Victor Feldman Quartet
11 Treble Gold Jimmy Deuchar Ensemble
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 Bang Dizzy Reece Quintet
2 Message To The Messengers Tubby Hayes Quintet
3 Strollin' Tubby Hayes Sextet
4 Opus De Funk Jimmy Deuchar Sextet
5 Brawl for All Victor Feldman Septet
6 Blow Mr. Dexter Don Rendell Quartet
7 Doxy Vic Ash Quartet
8 Swingin' In Studio Two Jimmy Deuchar Sextet
Disk 4:
Track Title Artist
1 Like Someone In Love Tubby Hayes Quartet
2 Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered Jimmy Deuchar Quintet
3 Sweet and Lovely Dizzy Reece Quintet
4 Autumn Leaves The Jazz Five
5 Wait and See London Jazz Quartet
6 Summertime Tony Crombie's Jazz Inc.
7 Lullabye Tommy Whittle Quintet
8 Yesterdays The Jazz Couriers
9 Theme For Nica Eddie Thompson Trio
10 Blues For Tony Wilton 'Bogey' Gaynair Quartet
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