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In the early 1960s, the Temperance Seven was a popular trad jazz band in Great Britain. That particular band became inactive by the mid-'60s, but reappeared as the New Temperance Seven in 1970. After recording in 1974, the group was off records for 15 years until this CD launched the Upbeat label in 1989. For this outing, only two of the musicians were alumni of the 1970 group (and none were from the original band): trombonist Robert Mickleburgh and Wee Will McHastie on clarinet and alto. The remainder of the group consists of cornetist John Tucker, Malcolm Willoughby on baritone and alto, banjoist Mike Deighan, leader/arranger Chris Buckley on piano and sousaphone, drummer Graham Collicott and Alexander Galloway as the main vocalist. This is kind of an odd band, because they alternate reasonably authentic versions of 1920s jazz with some English music-hall-type numbers, very dated vocals, and a bit of corniness. One of the selections they perform on this disc is a version of "Twelfth Street Rag" that is actually a near-duplicate of Pee Wee Hunt's cornball version! Much better are their renditions of "Louisiana," "That Certain Party," "Sugar" and "Eleven Thirty Saturday Night," but this set is definitely a mixed bag with too many vocals.

Biographie

Genre : Jazz

Années d’activité : '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

After decades of music hall and pantomime in Britain, the link between various forms of jazz and various forms of comedy (many of them low) was well-forged indeed. This link was very well understood by the people involved with The Goon Show, a BBC Radio comedy show starring Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan, with the occasional appearance from Michael Bentine — this kind of surreal comedy would give rise to the Alberts, the Scaffold and the Bonzo Dog...
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Tea for Eight, The Temperance Seven
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