Saturday, April 8, 2017

Keef Hartley - 1971 - Little Big Band

Keef Hartley Band
Little Big Band

01. You Can't Take It With You
02. Me And My Woman
03. Not Foolish, Not Wise
04. Leg Overture
a. Leavin' Trunk
b. Halfbreed
c. Just To Cry
d. Sinnin' For You

Alto Saxophone – Barbara Thompson
Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone – Chris Mercer
Bass Guitar – Gary Thain
Drums – Keef Hartley
Guitar, Vocals – Miller Anderson
Organ, Piano – Derek Austin
Percussion – Pete York
Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Flute [Solos] – Lynn Dobson
Tenor Saxophone – Roger Wade
Trombone – Danny Allmark
Trombone [Solo] – Derek Wadsworth
Trumpet – Martin Drover, Mike Davis, Mike Rosen, Terry Noonan
Trumpet [Solo] – Harry Beckett

First pressings were released in a fold-out cover on a brown and white Deram label.
Recorded live at the Marquee Club, London, England, June 13-14.

5th album by the excellent Keef Hartley Band, one the best Blues / Rock / Jazz ensembles ever, founded by drummer Keef Hartley following his stint with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. This live recording in London's legendary Marquee Club is a most ambitious project the band undertook, expanding its personnel to a full scale Big Band of 16 musicians, which included the best Jazz players on the UK scene at the time. The entire project was prompted by an invitation from the BBC to record live and the bandwagon got rolling from there. Alongside the Hartley regulars the additional players include trombonist Derek Wadsworth, saxophonist Barbara Thompson, trumpeter Harry Beckett and many more. Although the material is Blues based, in fact the orchestral arrangements and the entire concept is a tribute to great Jazz Big Bands, which were a great source of influence to Hartley. This is not only great music but also a great document of the times, when musical project could be made to come true regardless of their complexity and expense. Just sit back and succumb to the engulfing sound of the band in its full might – satisfaction guaranteed! Superb stuff!



  2. Thank you Drago. This band is very good!