After the Second World War, you could often hear jazz fans say that Britain didn't have any drummers capable of matching their American counterparts. Yet there were a few excellent drummers, including Phil Seamen and Tony Kinsey.
Recorded between andthis collection of six CDs proves that Kinsey was one of our finest drummers. As a jazz-mad youth, I bought a single of Kinsey's quartet playing Ballet because Forgetaboutit - Big Ed The Assassin* - Special Forces its tuneful theme and definite swing.
Tony Kinsey, now in his eighties, helped to put together this almost complete compilation of recordings by his trio, quartet and quintet. Kinsey polished his skills in bands on the Queen Mary as it made voyages to America, where he received drum lessons from Cozy Cole and Bill West.
Tony was a founder Somewhere. - Miklós Lukács, Larry Grenadier, Eric Harland - Cimbalom Unlimited of the Johnny Dankworth Seven but he left after two years and led a trio completed by pianist Dill Jones and bassist Stan Wasser. Thus Kinsey, in his own words, became DAngelo - Muito Incrementado / Maria Bonita bandleader by chance.
Thus this collection provides not only a survey of Tony Kinsey's work in the fifties but also examples of some of Britain's top jazzmen during that period.
Whittle's smooth tone is reminiscent of Lester Young, as is his style of delivering a tune. The next 16 tracks feature altoist Joe Harriott with the trio. Several of these tracks were included on a Properbox devoted to Harriott which I reviewed a while ago. The Harriott tracks mark a noticeable change of gear from the Whittle cuts, with generally much more extrovert playing.
Ronnie Ross was probably the finest British baritone saxist, and he could certainly swing on the cumbersome instrument, as he does, for example, in Close Your Eyes. Dave Shepherd is a clarinettist in the style of Benny Goodman, and he only appears on tracks 8 and 9 of CD3. The same line-up is heard on The Tony Kinsey Quartet - Presenting The Tony Kinsey Quartet first nine tracks of CD4. Sweet and Lovely has an unusual arrangement, with the two saxists stating the theme slowly while Tony Kinsey punctuates it with the drums.
The next six tracks come from a revised version of the Quintet, with Joe Harriott returning and tenorist Bob Efford replacing Don Rendell.
Efford contributes some first-class solos on tenor sax and bass clarinet. The presence of a trumpeter allows the group to play The Midgetsa Count Basie favourite. Tracks 3 to 9 of the final CD reflect the interest in "poetry and jazz" which was Mainline - 4 Strings - Best Of (File) in the late fifties.
One can understand why the craze for poetry and The Tony Kinsey Quartet - Presenting The Tony Kinsey Quartet didn't last for long! Tony Kinsey wrote many of the pieces on this final disc, proving that he was a considerable composer as well as drummer. And his drumming on tracks like Weber the Great shows how clean and precise his playing had become. Paul Watts contributes a useful sleeve-note, filling in the background to Kinsey's career, despite a few misprints. The sound quality on these recordings is variable - some of them have been cleaned up very successfully but some others are decidedly fuzzy.
However, these six CDs comprise a remarkably generous tribute to a musician who could make modern jazz in Britain proud of itself in the s. Follow us on Twitter. CD1 1. Deep Purple 2. Waxing With Whittle [Take 3] 3. I'm Beginning to See the Light 4. Waxing With Whittle [Take 2] 6. Zoot's Suite 7. Symphony 8. Deed I Do 9. Zoot's Suite Frenesi I Can't Get Started Last Resort Best Behaviour How Deep is the Ocean Get Happy Jump for Me Can't We Be Friends Raymond Chirracahaua 2.
Teddi 3. The Song is You 4. It Don't Mean a Thing 5. Introduction 6. Harlem 7. She's Funny That Way 8. Fascinating Rhythm 9. That Old Black Magic Guilty Don't Worry About Me Too Marvellous for Words The Nearness of You Close Your Eyes 2.
Pierrot 3. Makin' Whoopee 4. Hey There 5. Starboard Bow 6. Ballet 7. Body and Soul 8. Stompin' at the Savoy 9. China Boy Isolation Lullaby of the Leaves A Smooth One In a Ditch Love for Sale Wednesday Night Special Supper Party Mean to Me Mean To Me Caravan 2.
Cambridge Blues 3. Love for Sale 4. In a Mellow Tone 5. You Are Too Beautiful 6. Sweet and Lovely 8. No Name Flyer 9.
Take the 'A' Train Hi Ya Fishin' the Blues I'm Beginning to See the Light The Mystery of the Marie Celeste 2. Just Goofin' 3. Blue Eyes 4. The Midgets 5. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face 6. Wouldn't it Be Luverly 7. On the Street Where You Live 9. Show Me Get The Tony Kinsey Quartet - Presenting The Tony Kinsey Quartet to the Church on Time Three Moods Satin Phaneron (Original Mix) - Mindset - Phaneron
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