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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby



With Gilles Peterson

Universal 064 749 2


  1. First Born – Michael Garrick Trio
  2. Jaipur – The Joe Harriott & Amancio D’Silva Quartet
  3. Cleopatra’s Needle – Ronnie Ross
  4. Rolli’s Dream – Harry Beckett
  5. Down In The Village – Tubby Hayes Quintet
  6. Black Marigolds - The Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet
  7. Lullaby for a Lonely Child – Graham Collier
  8. Dusk Fire – The Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quartet

On first site, this is a strange album; the cover design has a large thumbprint on a white background, with a piece of brown tape stuck on it giving the title and the name Gilles Peterson. I have to confess it meant nothing to me and I wondered whether my editor had sent it to the wrong reviewer! What a pleasant surprise I had, the disc contains the music I grew up with. As an avid visitor to The Marquee, The Flamingo Club and Ronnie’s Old Place in London, what a delight to hear again the bands which were also presented in the Midlands, where I live, by the Late Harry Flick.

I find today’s jazz scene nothing like as stimulating as those times, there were weekly sessions in Coventry and most other cities, where the musicians and bands heard on this record performed to packed enthusiastic audiences. Today it is more likely to be one session a month and even that requires an Art’s Council Grant to make it viable. The quality of the bands and musicians the UK has produced has not decreased but the audience has particularly the young audience. The reasons for this could fill up a book, but this is a record review!

On the disc we realise just what a golden era the sixties and early seventies was for jazz in the UK. The talents of the musicians on display are astonishing for that time, or should I say, someone who did not know of them, should prepare to be astonished. Michael Garrick has always had a good band and he is a very fine pianist, the likes of Joe Harriott would surely have been an international jazz figure if he had chosen the USA instead of the UK to move to from his native Jamaica. Ronnie Ross must surely be the finest baritone player the UK has produced and Tubby Hayes, I am amazed at the number of local musicians who are digging around in record shops trying to find anything Tubby recorded. The example on this record, with the superb Jimmy Deuchar on trumpet is one of the best and is worth the price of the record on it’s own!

Don Rendell I count as a friend, even though I have not seen him for a while, his contribution to the UK jazz scene has been immense. He was a founder member of the Johnny Dankworth Seven and has worked tirelessly in the cause of British jazz. In more recent times, as well as performing up and down the country, he has also been teaching in a London University, helping along a new generation of jazz musicians. As Gilles Peterson says, Black marigold as another superb track featuring Don, with trumpet player Ian Carr.

If you are from the era, you will love this record, if you came in later, listen to it and be prepared to be surprised at what you hear, A volume two is mentioned, lets hope it comes out soon.

Don Mather




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