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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets, 11 Nov 2010
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RayB "Ray Burns" (Chelmsford, Essex , United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Complete Live Recordings at Ronnie Scott's February 1969 (Audio CD)
In February 1969 the Clarke Boland Band played an incendiary two week residency at Ronnie Scott's club in Soho. Everyone who saw it will never forget. It is our good fortune that one of the evenings was recorded. I bought the two vinyl albums from that gig as soon as they were released and have played them to death since then. They have now been re released on this single CD and for me it's Christmas come early.
Make no mistake this is one of the great big bands and features some of the cream of American and European talent, and this album shows them at the top of their powers, and album is both exiting and satisfying in equal amounts.
The album comes as a digipak with all the original sleeve notes and photographs and the sound is excellent.
If you care about jazz and especially big band jazz you NEED this album in your collection, I can promise you will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Performance at Ronnie Scotts, 1 Sep 2011
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This review is from: Complete Live Recordings at Ronnie Scott's February 1969 (Audio CD)
My first encounter with the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band was through borrowing one of their studio albums from my local library back in the very early 1970s. I was then curious how a European musician and arranger could interest not only top musicians from Europe but Brits AND some Americans (obviously Clarke was living in Europe by this time).

If you have never heard this band you will see why it continued to attract the top players. Boland's incredible arrangements are played with so much verve and swing it will put a smile on your face. You do not often hear two drummers with a big band. In addition to Clarke, there is probably Britain's top drummer Kenny Clare. Ronnie Scott (who is also on the CD) once said that the KC/FBBB was the best one he had ever played in. Here the band is live, recorded back in 1969 in what was originally on two separate LPs. The sound quality is fantastic and the whole experience will make you feel very happy. To have been there the night this was recorded would have been incredible. I cannot recommend this CD enough.
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