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Birth of a Legend '41-'46

Birth of a Legend '41-'46

by Kenny Baker
British trumpeter Kenny Baker (1921-1999) patterned himself after Louis Armstrong and Bunny Berigan, sounding at times like Henry "Red" Allen, Roy Eldridge, Max Kaminsky, Charlie


British trumpeter Kenny Baker (1921-1999) patterned himself after Louis Armstrong and Bunny Berigan, sounding at times like Henry "Red" Allen, Roy Eldridge, Max Kaminsky, Charlie Shavers, or Emmett Berry. That means he swung like mad and often had a nice gritty edge to his playing. In 1998 Hep Records gave the world an outstanding Kenny Baker compilation loaded with 24 selections recorded between November 16, 1941, and January 28, 1946. "Tea for Two" was waxed at the First English Public Jam Session (surely there must have been public jam sessions in England before 1941!) by a band under the leadership of clarinetist Carl Barriteau. "Red Duster Rag" is credited to the Melody Makers Competition Band, and the following five tracks ("King Porter Stomp" through "One O'Clock Jump") are performed by tenor saxophonist Buddy Featherstoneaugh (a participant in the Public Jam on "Tea for Two") and his Radio Rhythm Club Sextet. The vocal on James P. Johnson's "Ain'tcha Got Music?" is by guitarist Vic Lewis. Throughout all of this, Baker sounds uncommonly good. He was a gutsy player who mingled easily with ensembles of every persuasion. His versatility is demonstrated on five slightly more modern tracks with the George Shearing Sextet, three more with Featherstoneaugh, eight marvelous outings by Harry Hayes & His Band, and a smokin' rendition of Baker's own "Bakerloo Non-Stop" with Ted Heath & His Music. This is a steamy shot of really excellent British jazz from the 1940s, and is most certainly one of the best Kenny Baker retrospectives that anybody has ever taken the time to assemble.

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Hep Records


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Performance Credits

Kenny Baker   Primary Artist,Trumpet
George Shearing   Piano
Harry Hayes   Alto Saxophone
Dick Katz   Piano
Ralph Sharon   Piano
Woolf Phillips   Trombone
Jack Bentley   Trombone
George Chisholm   Trombone,Leader
Jack Collier   Bass
Jimmy Coombes   Trombone
Gilbert   Alto Saxophone
Dave Goldberg   Guitar
Billy Munn   Piano
Frank Reidy   Tenor Saxophone
Stanley Roderick   Trumpet
Ivor Mairants   Guitar
Jack Parnell   Drums
Charlie Short   Bass
Vic Lewis   Guitar,Vocals
David Wilkins   Trumpet
Joe Deniz   Guitar
Aubrey Franks   Tenor Saxophone
Andy McDevitt   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Skidmore   Tenor Saxophone
Norman Stenfalt   Piano
Tommy McQuater   Trumpet
George Evans   Tenor Saxophone
Alan Franks   Trumpet
Harry Roche   Trombone
Reggie Dare   Tenor Saxophone
Charles Granville   Baritone Saxophone
George Flynn   Trombone
Carl Barriteau   Clarinet
Harry Letham   Trumpet
Lad Busby   Trombone
George Fierstone   Drums
Jock Bain   Trombone
Alfie Noakes   Trumpet
Bruce Campbell   Trombone
Tommy Bromley   Bass
Phil Goody   Bass
Harry Parry   Clarinet
Bobby Midgley   Drums
Harry Rayner   Piano
Harry Hayes & His Band   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Vincent Youmans   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
George Chisholm   Arranger
Alun Morgan   Liner Notes
Alastair Robertson   Producer
Scott Cunningham   Composer

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