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Notes From A Jazz Life
Notes From A Jazz Life

Digby Fairweather
Styles: Jazz
Catalogue Number: ADDCD3322
Cornetist Digby Fairweather has become one of the leading figures on the British jazz scene, both as a bandleader and sideman in other leader’s bands, and as a writer and broadcaster, as well as being the founder and director of the charity Jazz Centre UK in Southend, aimed at promoting, preserving and celebrating the culture of jazz. As a cornetist, his style embraces many strands of jazz, being influenced by the likes of Nat Gonella, Louis Armstrong, Ruby Braff, Billy Butterfield, Bobby Hackett, and Red Nichols. This 33-track 2-CD set is a retrospective of his career to date, compiled by Digby himself, and with substantial booklet notes written by him. It comprises recordings from across his career, from his studio debut in 1971 through to 2012, and features recordings with a host of the top names in British jazz, including of course several by bands he has led under the names of Digby’s Half Dozen and Digby’s Fairweather Friends. Among the artists with whom Digby performs in this set are John Barnes, Roy Williams, Ron Russell, Keith Ingham, Fred Hunt, Chris Ellis, Brian Lemon, Pete Strange, Lennie Hastings, Stan Barker, Danny Moss, Martin Litton, George Melly and Wild Bill Davison. It’s a musical overview of a significant career selected by the artist himself, and providing not only a showcase for his talents, but an entertaining insight into the British jazz scene across four decades.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 Medley: Sleepy Time Gal, Yacht Club Swing Dig's Half Dozen (1970)
2 There'll Be Some Changes Made Digby Fairweather with 'Jazz Legend'
3 One Two, Button Your Shoe Digby Fairweather with the Barnes-Williams Jazz Band
4 My Hero Digby Fairweather with Ron Russell's Jazz Band
5 Sweet Substitute Digby Fairweather with Keith Ingham
6 Happy Go Lucky You (And Broken-Hearted Me) Digby Fairweather with Ron Russell's Jazz Band
7 Havin' Fun Digby Fairweather with Fred Hunt
8 It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) Digby Fairweather with 'Velvet'
9 Isn't she lovely Digby Fairweather with 'Velvet'
10 I Found A New Baby Digby Fairweather with 'Velvet'
11 She's Funny That Way Digby Fairweather and Friends
12 Jeepers Creepers Digby Fairweather and Friends with Chris Ellis
13 Looking At You Digby Fairweather with Brian Lemon
14 Strutting With Some Barbecue Digby Fairweather & Pete Strange with The Lennie Hastings Trio
15 She's Just My Size Digby Fairweather with 'Fairweather Friends'
16 But Beautiful Digby Fairweather & Stan Barker
17 Mean To Me Digby Fairweather & Stan Barker
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Nancy (With The Laughing Face Digby Fairweather & Stan Barker
2 Fine And Dandy Digby Fairweather/Danny Moss Quintet
3 Samba D'Orfeu Digby Fairweather/Danny Moss Quintet
4 That Rhythm Man Digby Fairweather's New Georgians
5 Bessie Couldn't Help It Digby Fairweather's New Georgians
6 Please Don't Talk About Me When Im Gone Digby Fairweather and Friends with Chris Ellis
7 Old Man Harlem Digby Fairweather, John Barnes & Martin Litton with Fairweather's Friends
8 Imagination Digby Fairweather & The First Class Sounds
9 Letter Fellow Get Some Sleep Digby Fairweather & The First Class Sounds
10 Margie Digby Fairweather and The Best of British Jazz
11 It's A Pity To Say Goodnight Digby Fairweather's Half Dozen
12 My Heart And I Digby Fairweather's Half Dozen with George Melly
13 When My Ship Comes In Digby Fairweather's Half Dozen
14 Runnin' Wild Digby Fairweather's Half Dozen
15 Summer Evening Digby Fairweather and Friends
16 Sleigh Ride, Florida Flare-Up Digby Fairweather and Friends
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