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Beiderbecke style of music
on 20 February 2011
During the mid 1980s there were three TV series starring James Bolam. The Beiderbecke Affair, The Beiderbecke Tapes and The Beiderbecke Connection.
This CD features music from the soundtrack to all three series. The Music is played by the Frank Ricotti All Stars featuring Kenny Baker.
The style of the music is 1920s Jazz. And all the music is written mostly by Frank Ricotti. It is also in the style of the famous Cornet player Bix Beiderbecke 1903 - 1931.
The TV series from which this music was featured was about two Teachers from Leeds. Trevor Chaplin and Jill Swinburne. Whilst searching for a set of Bix Beiderbecke recordings, Trevor uncovers a world of under handed corruption.
Then in the Beiderbecke Tapes he buys some Jazz tapes and one has a recording of a plan to dump nuclear waste in the Yorkshire Dales. And in the Beiderbecke Connection Trevor and Jill come into contact with a Russian Refuge. Each series had a lot of twists, turns and mystery.
Music played a big part in the show and these original pieces really do have a lovely full bodied and crisp sound with catchy melodies and great arrangements that give us a warm atmosphere. The music is full of the spirit of what Bix Beiderbecke is all about.
This album is a joyous celebration of the 1920s Jazz band era. And although the compositions are not original to the 1920s, and the recordings do not feature the playing of Bix Beiderbecke, they do have all of the key elements of the sound of that era. The album makes for a great programme of music that is highly reccomended.