This Vocalion release collates some of the best recordings made by three of the finest reedsmen on Britains 1950s jazz scene. Baritone saxophonist Rupert Edward Lee, otherwise 'Buddy', Featherstonhaugh is featured with eight tracks originally released across two very rare EPs. On both he led two incarnations of his quintet, populated by some stellar names including Leon Calvert and Kenny Wheeler (trumpets) and Bobby Wellins (tenor sax), playing tunes including Constellation and Doin' the Uptown Lowdown as well as originals such as Goldfish Blues (Kenny Wheeler) and Buddy's own Buddy's Bounce. The quartet and quintet of baritone saxophonist Harry Klein are also heard in superb versions of numbers like I Can't Get Started, I'm Coming Virginia, Poinciana and Euphony, accompanied by a line-up including Stan Tracey and Max Harris (piano), Sammy Stokes (bass) and Eddie Taylor (drums). Complementing this are four superb tracks by clarinettist Vic Ash's quartet, again from a rare 1950s EP, with Vic backed by Allan Ganley (drums) and Eddie Thompson (piano) among other musicians. Last not but not least are three bonus tracks drawn from the 1959 'All the Winners' album, showcasing the brilliance of the Vic Ash Sextet, Kenny Baker's All Stars and the Melody Maker All Stars. Essential listening for all jazz enthusiasts. Tracks: 1. Buddys Bounce 2. Yesterdays 3. Constellation 4. Have You Met Miss Jones? 5. Goldfish Blues 6. Doin' the Uptown Lowdown 7. Knock Yourself Out 8. Henrietta 9. I'll Remember April 10. I Can't Get Started 11. I'm Coming Virginia 12. Euphony 13. Monument 14. Poinciana 15. Pentagon 16. Cocktails for Two 17. I Hear Music 18. Jeepers Creepers 19. Blue Jeans 20. Just for the Boys 21. Poll Winners 22. Hark Dog
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