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Harry South Big Band

Songbook Vinyl

LP £22.00

Release Date: 29/04/2017

Discs: 1

Blacky heavy vinyl. The studio is dark; voices can be heard approaching its main doors. Soon, a flick of a switch brings light, which reveals a white walled room full of musical instruments of every shape and size, glistening under the rays thrust upon them, all fighting for space with a plethora of recording equipment already set up. The voices heard earlier, now file in through the doors. The room falls silent as a piano lid is lifted to reveal black and white keys that stare back at the man now carefully placing his long fingers upon them. ‘Ok chaps’ he says, ‘shall we give the first number a run through? The arranger had arrived, the process had begun… Harry South may not be a household name in the UK, but among its jazz world of the 50s to the late 60s, it was held in very high esteem. Even when jazz fell into a sharp decline in the UK mainstream in the late 1960s, you couldn’t hold a man like Harry South back. By then, mainly writing for film, theatre and TV, he composed perhaps one of the most iconic television themes of all time – The Sweeney. This album concentrates on the decade 1956-1966 when British jazz was at its peak and ranges through soul jazz, bebop, Latin stylings and funky, sixties big band sounds. The Harry South family have kindly allowed us to access their archives and we have included here ten tracks that are receiving their first commercial release. ‘Sure, you can learn a lot listening to other people on record’, Tubby Hayes said in 1957, ‘but Harry taught me more than I ever got from records’

1. Minor Incident - Dick Morrissey Quartet
2. Slidin '- Ronnie Ross Quintet
3. Southern Horizons - The Down Beat Big Band
4. Liggin '- Joe Harriot Quintet
5. Orient Line - Tubby Hayes & His Orchestra
6. Jazz At The Paris - Harry South Big Band
7. Storm Warning - Harry South Big Band
8. Raga (Edit) - Harry South Big Band
9. Sound Of Seventeen - Harry South Big Band
10. Newtyme Waltz - Harry South Big Band
11. The Goblin - Harry South Big Band
12. Six To One Bar - Harry South Big Band
13. Signing Out - Harry South