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British Jazz Legend Harry South Retrospective

British Jazz Legend Harry South Retrospective

August 29, 2017

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British Jazz Legend Harry South Retrospective

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Harry South may have been a name on the tips of the tongues of only the cognoscenti until now, but this collection will prove that his sometimes seemingly apocryphal reputation rests firmly in fact. This CD set contains 63 tracks (most receiving their first release), all written by Harry, the majority of them from the sixties, when British jazz was at its peak and ranges through Soul Jazz, Hard Bop, Latin stylings and funky big band sounds. 

Following a chance encounter in Soho’s French House, the South family have kindly allowed us to scour the many hours of Harry’s own private archive of cassette and reel tapes. This has enabled a hitherto hidden world to emerge, one that will surely call for a re-evaluation of South’s contribution to the art of British jazz composition. It brings to life a musical trajectory that winds from fashion-chasing emulation to stylistic independence and which maps much of the UK's jazz landscape along the way.

The musicians include the cream of British jazz of the time: Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott, Dick Morrissey, Phil Seamen, Ronnie Ross, Ian Carr; any player of repute would have a stint in the South band. ‘Sure, you can learn a lot listening to other people on record but Harry taught me more than I ever got from records’, Tubby Hayes.

Contains 36-page booklet with notes by Mark Baxter (Man In A Hurry) and Simon Spillett (The Long Shadow of the Little Giant)

An exemplary tribute to an unjustly neglected figure  – Richard Williams
A perfect potted history of the period – Dave Gelly, The Observer
Two words of advice to end with: BUY IT! – Alan Giles Amazon


Disc One
1. Bandbox Basil Kirchin  
2. Orient Line Tubby Hayes Orchestra
3. Dance Of The Aerophragytes Tubby Hayes Quartet 
4. Message To The Messengers Tubby Hayes Quintet
5. Ode To Ernie  Tubby Hayes Quintet
6. Hall Hears The Blues Tubby Hayes Quintet
7. Slidin' Ronnie Ross Quintet
8. Jumpin' With Joe Joe Harriot Quintet
9. South Winds Humphrey Lyttelton  Band
10. Finger Snapper Humphrey Lyttelton  Band
11. Southern Horizons  Joe Harriot Sextet
12. Liggin' Joe Harriot Sextet
13. Cooling Off Harry South Big Band
14. Jazz at the Paris Harry South Big Band
15 The Goblin Harry South Big Band

Disc Two  
1. Minor Incident  Dick Morrissey Quartet
2. Poncho Harry South Big Band
3. Raga Harry South Big Band
4. Tribal Dance  Humphrey Lyttelton  Band
5. Reunion Humphrey Lyttelton  Band
6. Opening Time Humphrey Lyttelton  Band
7. Closing Time Harry South Big Band
8. The Sound of Seventeen Harry South Big Band
9. There And Back Harry South Big Band
10. Costa Fortuna Harry South Big Band
11. Afterthought Harry South Big Band
12. North Of The Soho Border Harry South Big Band
13. Last Orders Harry South Big Band
14. Birth of the Budd Roy Budd
15. El Schtuck Dick Morrissey Quartet

Disc Three  
1. Storm Warning Harry South Big Band
2. Newtyme Waltz Harry South Big Band
3. Six To One Bar Harry South Big Band
4. Limited Freedom  Harry South Big Band
5. Requiem for JB  Harry South Big Band
6. Strollin' South Joe Harriot Quintet
7. Harry's Theme Terry Smith
8. Themeology Harry South Big Band
9. Irresistible Force Harry South Big Band
10. The Rainy Season Harry South Big Band
11. Down the Line Harry South Big Band
12. The Limeys Harry South Big Band
13. Unidentified Track 1 Harry South Big Band
14. Unidentified Track 2 Harry South Big Band
15 Unidentified Track 3 Harry South Big Band
16. Blues In Harry South Big Band
17. Sound Of Seventeen Alan Grahame Big Band

Disc Four  
1. Pedals and Clusters  Harry South Big Band
2. One For The Woodwards Harry South Big Band
3. The Scandinavian Harry South Big Band
4. Black Eyed Peas Harry South Big Band
5. Full House Harry South Big Band
6. Parade Of The Paranoics Harry South Big Band
7. Royal Flush Harry South Big Band
8. The Sweeney Harry South Big Band
9. Return Trip  BYJO
10. Four Dimensions Of Greta Harry South Orchestra
11. Unidentified Track 4 Harry South Big Band
12. Unidentified Track 5 Harry South Big Band
13. Unidentified Track 6 Harry South Big Band
14. Charlie's Blues Jimmy Witherspoon
15 Southern Horizons NYJO
16. Come On The Blues NYJO
17. Signing Out Harry South


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