Upbeat have come up with a superb Beeb concert from the vaults, It features Basie bluesman, Jimmy Rushing, singing and swinging with a big band assembled by Humphrey Lytellton,who himself plays terrific jazz trumpet and who was enjoying the flowering of a mainstream jazz career.
The session was broadcast in the Autumn of 1958 when Jimmy Rushing was beginning to expand his own career, internationally.
After spending several decades with Count Basie's band and singing on the American R & B scene, Rushing had long been a seasoned jazz singer more than capable of holding his audience The session with Humph went like a bomb and shows on this CD.
Humph,too, was enjoying the chance to play a mainstram role when all his British peers were embarking into Trad.Jazz. Accusations of being a modernist had been flung at Lytellton,(Remember the "Dirty Bopper" slur rudely shouted at Bruce Turner at Birmingham Town Hall back in 1954 when Humph dared to feature Bruce playing alto sax?)
The quality of this jazz and his subsequent music showed how right Humph was in choosing his own direction, none more so than with the music here. Jimmy Skidmore,Tony Coe and Joe Temperly play well on these thoroughly enjoyable sessions which used some of Rushing's own arrangments. The then, youngish, Humph makes the somewhat slightly nervous announcments. Relaxing music with very good reproduction to boot on this, now over 40 year old, treasure.
Bill Waterfield 9/01 Billjazzrite@aol.com