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4.0 out of 5 stars Obscure 1960's UK Jazz, 27 Sept. 2011
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This review is from: Rising Stars (Audio CD)
This latest release by the ever impressive Trunk Records consists of two jazz recordings from 1964. The first four tracks, credited to West Indian trumpeter Shake Keane, are taken from an unreleased acetate belonging to Garrick's private collection. The final four tracks consist of The Shake Keane & Michael Garrick Quartette's 'A Case of Jazz' EP that had a limited pressing of just 99 copies. Much like Trunk's earlier Michael Garrick release 'Moonscape' (which was recorded in the same year), this is indeed obscure 1960's UK jazz.

The first four cuts from the untitled acetate are very much jazz of the Bossa Nova variety. The Hastings Girls' Choir feature on the first two tracks and their lush vocals add a cool exotic vibe. Tracks 3 & 4 are taken from the flipside of the acetate and were recorded with The Gordon Langford Orchestra. The final four tracks from the 'A Case of Jazz' EP are freer flowing and Keane's trumpeting accompanied by Garrick's piano makes for some quality early modern British jazz. Moody album closer 'Regrets' is a stunner and best showcases how well they both compliment each other.

Featuring detailed liner notes by Jonny Trunk, the sound quality is very good despite the fact that the recordings are taken from vinyl copies. It's a brief affair - the overall playing time is a little over 27 minutes. However, quality always takes precedence over quantity and this is another welcome addition to the Trunk catalogue that should appeal to aficionados of the label and anyone with a passing interest in the early UK jazz scene.

3½ stars and recommended.
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