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Six Musicians and a Banjo Player Paperback – 27 Nov 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 185 pages
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press; 1st edition (27 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843865750
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843865759
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,388,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paddy Lightfoot was born in Potters Bar in Hertfordshire and at a very early age learned to play guitar and piano. On completion of National Service in 1957 he began a twenty-four year career as a professional musician touring much of the world and playing with the likes of Ray Charles, Count Basie, Liberace, and one of the creators of jazz, Louis Armstrong. In the late nineties he settled in Norfolk where he co-authored Geoff Hamilton s Gardeners Challenge with his wife Marion, The Times Quis Challenge with Robbie Somerset and The Quizzer with Gyles Brandreth.

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If you have any interest in either traditional jazz (the music, or the 50's and 60's jazz scene) or the early Kenny Ball band, this book isn't for you. The author appears not to be able to string a narrative together without going off at a tangent at some completey irrevelent subject, and after the first two chapters I gave it up as a bad job. This must be about the worst book I have ever read as I couldn't work out whether there was a story here, or the author was having one big laugh at our expense. One to avoid.
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As a long time fan of traditional jazz and particularly of the banjo, I was expecting either a more autobiographical book or one with a better insight into touring with one of the three top British jazz bands (in terms of durability), the UK has ever produced. Paddy was banjo player and vocalist with the Kenny Ball band throughout their real hit parade period that also include several years on the Morecambe and Wise TV show.

Whilst several anecdotes were very entertaining, Paddy's love of general trivia tends to dominate the book. He is a capable writer when he wants to be, but I would have preferred a far more focussed book as a fair bit of it was padding (no pun intended). I am sure that there is much that could be said by any touring musician without lending himself to spilling the beans.

I would have welcomed an assessment of his contempories as he obviously holds strong opinions, but where it really matters, to an outsider, it was a bit light. A pleasant enough read overall.
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Not so much about the music, but more about the good old/glory days. So not interesting to me.
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