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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
The U.K. is often associated with many styles of music, but swing music isn't one of them. Black British Swing goes out of its way to represent British swing music, exclusively limiting itself to black performers. There isn't a huge variety of performers found here. In fact, the collection focuses on just a few: Leslie Thompson with the Spike Hughes Orchestra, Ken "Snakeships" Johnson and His West Indian Dance Band, Ken Johnson's Rhythm Section, the Lauderic Canton Quartet, Cyril Blake and His Jigs Club Band, Frank Deniz and His Spirits of Rhythm, and Leslie "Jiver" Hutchinson and His Coloured Orchestra. However, as nice as it would have been to have more performers ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
The U.K. is often associated with many styles of music, but swing music isn't one of them. Black British Swing goes out of its way to represent British swing music, exclusively limiting itself to black performers. There isn't a huge variety of performers found here. In fact, the collection focuses on just a few: Leslie Thompson with the Spike Hughes Orchestra, Ken "Snakeships" Johnson and His West Indian Dance Band, Ken Johnson's Rhythm Section, the Lauderic Canton Quartet, Cyril Blake and His Jigs Club Band, Frank Deniz and His Spirits of Rhythm, and Leslie "Jiver" Hutchinson and His Coloured Orchestra. However, as nice as it would have been to have more performers represented -- ideally a different performer for every song -- it's also interesting to hear a few different performances by a given performer so you can compare and contrast.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2001
  • Label: Topic Records
  • UPC: 714822078122
  • Catalog Number: 781

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tap Your Feet (2:52)
  2. 2 Washington Squabble - Ken "Snakehips" Johnson & His West Indian Dance Ba (3:10)
  3. 3 Please Be Kind - Ken "Snakehips" Johnson & His West Indian Dance Ba (2:39)
  4. 4 Snakehips Swing - Ken "Snakehips" Johnson & His West Indian Dance Ba (2:51)
  5. 5 Exactly Like You - Dink Johnson (2:55)
  6. 6 The Sheik of Araby - Ken "Snakehips" Johnson & His West Indian Dance Ba (2:54)
  7. 7 My Buddy - Ken "Snakehips" Johnson & His West Indian Dance Ba (2:50)
  8. 8 Give Me My Ranch (El Rancho Grande) - Ken "Snakehips" Johnson & His West Indian Dance Ba (3:08)
  9. 9 Tuxedo Junction - Ken "Snakehips" Johnson & His West Indian Dance Ba (3:00)
  10. 10 Ida - Ken "Snakehips" Johnson & His West Indian Dance Ba (2:45)
  11. 11 Blow, Blow Though Winter - Ken "Snakehips" Johnson & His West Indian Dance Ba (2:58)
  12. 12 It Was a Lover and His Lass - Ken "Snakehips" Johnson (2:50)
  13. 13 Sweet Georgia Brown - Tommy Bromley (2:36)
  14. 14 Blue Skies - Tommy Bromley (3:26)
  15. 15 Untitled Double Bass Cameo - Tommy Bromley (1:38)
  16. 16 Stompin' at the Savoy - Tommy Bromley (2:58)
  17. 17 The Jumping Jive (3:31)
  18. 18 Cyril's Blues (3:32)
  19. 19 Frolic Sam (3:08)
  20. 20 Rhythm Is Our Business (2:54)
  21. 21 Soft Winds (2:45)
  22. 22 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - Leslie Hutchinson "Jiver" and His Coloured Orchest (2:55)
  23. 23 Big Top Boogie (2:56)
  24. 24 Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jibe (2:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Spike Hughes Double Bass
Coleridge Goode Double Bass
Bertie King Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
George Roberts Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
York DeSouza Piano
Bill Harty Drums
Leslie Thompson Trumpet
Lew Davis Trombone
Dave Wilkins Trumpet
Alan Ferguson Guitar
Joe Deniz Guitar, Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar
Bill Mulraney Trombone
Jimmy Skidmore Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Carroll Piano
Billy Amstell Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Macaffer Trumpet
Norman Payne Trumpet
Willie Wilson Jr. Piano
Harry Roche Trombone
Tommy Bromley Double Bass
Tom Wilson Drums
Claire Deniz Piano
Technical Credits
Benny Goodman Composer
Julian Dash Composer
Ben Bernie Composer
Philippe Brun Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
William Johnson Composer
Harry Beasley Smith Composer
Ted Snyder Composer
Paul Wilson Contributor
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Kenneth Casey Composer
Buddy Feyne Composer
Francis Wheeler Composer
Traditional Composer
Jack Hart Composer
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