on 20 September 2005
The name Don Rendell is not likely to stir any memory of too many reader's here at Uppers or too many other places for that matter.
Indeed his name and reputation are only know to that small tightly knit clan of British jazz aficionados and an even smaller sect of fans following work of the late great British blues/r&b pioneer Graham Bond. Best known for his work on a Hammond with The Graham Bond Organization, Bond is less known for his humble beginnings as a youthful, portly alto saxophonist. It is here with The New Don Rendell Quintet that his humble beginnings saw their onset. Long a collector's item , mint copies of this original 1961 Jazzland records LP "Roarin'" spring anywhere from 100 pounds on up. Luckily with it's recent CD reissue you needn't trouble yourself with such hefty purchases!
Led by tenor sax man and veteran Brit jazz scene staple Don Rendell (who had his start playing with the legendary Johnny Dankworth), the quintet's line up on this LP included pianist John Burch (who would later go on to compose a few amazing B-side's for Georgie Fame such as "Preach And Teach" and "Telegram"), Graham Bond on alto sax, bassist Tony Archer and drummer Phil Kinorra (the latter two both fresh from a stint of backing Jackie McClean in the U.K.).
The Quintet's hard bop leanings are initially offset by some squeally horn work on the opener, a Bond composition titled "Bring Back The Burch", but things are easily remedied by track two, a Burch original titled "Manumission". There are a fair selection of originals which share the space with covers such as Thelonious Monk's "Blue Monk" and my favorite of the disc, "Jeannine" (written by Duke Pearson and made famous by Donald Byrd among others). My other favorite of the CD is a Randell original titled "You Loomed Out Of Loch Ness", that would not have sounded at all out of place on a Dexter Gordon LP!
Whether you are a hardcore jazz fan or just a curious neophyte like myself (with heavy Graham Bond leanings!!) this CD is ideal for your next Saturday night at home or your next low key cocktail party and certainly a lot cheaper than tracking down an original LP copy!
on 1 October 2013
Don Rendell was one of the pioneers of British modern jazz.This recordings were unavailable and never previously been reissued on cd.The music on the album is of a hard bop,improvisational,latinesque rhythms,in fact-intersting jazz standard pieces.On this rare album we can hear officially first time young Graham Bond on alto sax and and Phil Kinorra(Philamore Lincoln)-one of his numerous pseudonyms...on drums!The rest of the quintet was Tony Archer-bass and John Burch-piano.The tracks: 1.Bring back the burch(BOND),2.Manumission(BURCH),3.Blue Monk(MONK),4.Jeannine(DUKE PEARSON),5.You loomed out of Loch Ness(RENDELL),6.So what(MILES),7.The Haunt(BURCH).Recommended after midnight!
A prime slice of 1960’s British jazz the quintet is Don Rendell Tenor sax Graham Bond (The main reason I bought this) on Alto sax, John Burch on keyboards, Phil Kimora on drums and Tony Archer on bass.
A surprisingly well recorded set, which shows that British Jazz at the time was more than a match for its US counterparts, and in fact this is more interesting than most to listen to.