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  • Audio CD (3 Dec. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Jasmine Records
  • ASIN: B00005TQ3M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 382,875 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  2. The Five of Us 7:09£0.89  Buy MP3 
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This band has several characteristics in common with The Couriers. It has a two-saxophone front line - tenor and baritone as opposed to the two tenors of Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes. The personnel strikes a remarkably happy balance between experienced young "veterans" and talented, enthusiastic youngsters. Like The Couriers, The Jazz Five has a definite and very personal sound. The two saxophones achieve a remarkably wide range. The band's book contains possibly more originals than standards. Unlike many other groups today, it does not rely solely on taking down themes from American records. Four of the five are composers of considerable talent. Although each writer has a fairly individual style, somehow each score seems to suit the band's overall conception and complete aptness. Their originals have exceptionally melodic lines, yet are harmonically arresting and have a very strong rhythmic appeal. Personnel: Harry Klein (baritone saxophone), Vic Ash (tenor saxophone, clarinet), Brian Dee (piano), Malcolm Cecil (bass), Bill Eyden, Tony Mann (drums)

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Format: Audio CD
British jazz, like British rock and roll, often gets a bad press, or no press at all. Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music by Rob Young is primarily about folk music. But chapter 15 focuses on the rise of the outdoor music festival, culminating in Glastonbury. These now blockbusting events evolved from early jazz meetings in the 1950s and early 1960s such as the Beaulieu Jazz Festival. Young recounts that the fifth Beaulieu Festival, held over the Bank Holiday weekend in July 1960 (on the private grounds of Lord Montague’s Hampshire estate) was the scene of some agitation over the so-called “jazz wars”, prompting Lord Montague to discontinue the festival and Melody Maker to accuse some audience members as being “weirdies”.

It’s hard to credit now, but the riot that gave rise to the Maker’s condemnation was a clash between fans of trad-jazz clarinetist Acker ‘Stranger on the Shore’ Bilk and adherents of the foundation-shaking new thing of …Johnny Dankworth.

Accounts differ, but it seems that the band that initially sparked off the trouble was not in fact Dankworth, but the Jazz Five, headed by tenor sax player Vic Ash and baritone player Harry Klein. Teenagers stormed the stage and tried to grab hold of Klein. Acker Bilk’s trad band was called on to play for over an hour to pacify the protestors. Two months later, the Jazz Five recorded The Five of Us in London, so we have a contemporary record of the music they were playing at Beaulieu. The group (which also included Brian Dee on piano, Malcome Cecil on bass and Tony Mann on drums), were influenced by Horace Silver, and used the interplay between Ash’s tenor sax and Klein’s surprisingly agile baritone as their distinctive calling-card.
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A Good British 1950s Jazz Album 21 Mar. 2003
By Paul of London - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Two excellent saxophonists (Vic Ash, tenor, doubling clarinet; Harry Klein, baritone) plus a solid swinging rhythm section, some good original numbers and one standard; all-in-all a strong and enjoyable CD. These guys toured Britain with Miles Davis, and he told them that they were good -- what more of a recommendation do you need?
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