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Living Era CD AJA 5484



  1. Hot Pie (Medley)
  2. Can’t We Meet Again?
  3. Stormy Weather
  4. Piano Pie (Medley)
  5. Shadow Waltz
  6. Chicken Reel
  7. This Is romance
  8. Hot Pie (Second Helping)
  9. Shy serenade
  10. Coffee in the Morning and Kisses in the Night
  11. Rhythm is Our Business
  12. Shadows on the Pavement
  13. Darktown Strutters Ball
  14. Somewhere in the Blue Ridge mountains
  15. Hot Pie (Third Helping)
  16. The Continental
  17. Evergreens of Jazz ( Medley)
  18. Stars Over Devon
  19. When A lady Meets a gentleman Down south
  20. In a Little Gypsy Tea-Room
  21. Stop Beatin’ around the Mulberry Bush
  22. South Sea Island magic
  23. Hot Pie (Fourth Helping)

This is a Centenary issue of Mono recordings made by George Scott-Wood between 1933 and 1941. It features piano and accordion solos; his Six Swingers, his Orchestra, his Accordion Quartet, The Bohemians, the Masqueraders, The London Piano Accordion Band and The International Novelty Orchestra. It also features singers including Al Bowlly, Sam Browne, Esther Coleman, Cavan O’Conner and Sam Costa. The most notable musicians are probably Freddy Gardner (Saxes) and Ted Heath (Trombone).

Once again congratulations to the Living Era team for the clean up job done on this music much of which dates back to the 1930’s. The Centenary is in fact of Scott- Woods birth in 1903.

In his time George Scott-Wood was the leading purveyor of polite dance music to UK audiences, even the jazz standards are sanitised to the point where they cause no offence. That is not to say that the music is not well played, George could afford to employ the best musicians available and he did. Freddy Gardner demonstrates just what an outstanding sax player he was throughout and the entire ensemble playing is very professional.

George’s band did some 214 ‘Music While You Work’ broadcasts and if you like that kind of music you will enjoy this CD.

Don Mather


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