Unsung Hero

Unsung Hero

by Chas Burchell & His Chastet


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Unsung Hero

Chas Burchell was an obscure and part-time but talented British tenor saxophonist. Early in his career, he became a factory manager so he could stick to playing the music he most loved. Influenced by Warne Marsh and Stan Getz, Burchell led his Chastet for a few decades, up until the time of his 1986 death. He only recorded three times along the way, all sideman appearances on bassist Peter Ind's Wave label. But after his death, Burchell's former sidemen performed at a few benefit concerts in order to raise money for a commemorative CD made out of private tapes, and this disc is the result. Burchell is heard on seven different occasions, all from 1977-1985 with the exception of three songs from 1962. There is also a 1993 version of his song "Solea" as played by the surviving members of the Chastet. In addition to the fine British musicians, the great flügelhornist Clark Terry guests with Burchell on "Just Squeeze Me" and "Blue Monk." Other highlights include "Have You Met Miss Jones?," "Tickle Toe," and a version of "Sonnymoon for Two" that has Burchell holding his own with fellow tenor Ronnie Scott. This is a valuable release that makes it possible for future generations to hear how fine a tenor player Chas Burchell was during his unheralded career.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/18/1995
Label: In & Out Records
UPC: 0798747702621
catalogNumber: 7026

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chas Burchell & His Chastet   Primary Artist
Clark Terry   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals
Brian Wood   Tenor Saxophone
Chas Burchell   Tenor Saxophone
Mike Hennessey   Piano,Electracoustic Pedal Harp
Jeff Carter   Tenor Saxophone
Alan Simmons   Bass
Charles Burchell   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Monty Alexander   Liner Notes
Nathan Davis   Liner Notes
Peter Ind   Liner Notes
Bruce Turner   Liner Notes
Dave Cliff   Liner Notes
Malcolm Creese   Liner Notes
Brian Wood   Liner Notes
Chas Burchell   Liner Notes,Cover Photo
Mike Hennessey   Producer,Liner Notes
Winnie Leyh   Engineer
Ron Belchier   Producer
Graham Lock   Liner Notes
Alan Simmons   Liner Notes
Jürgen Schwab   Cover Design
Heather Stewart   Liner Notes

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