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Les Tomkins
Harkit Records
Stan Getz in London
Stan Getz CD Review
Blossom Dearie Live in London
J.J. Johnson Live in London
Jimmy Witherspoon Live in London
Johnny Griffin Live in London
Bill Evans Live in London
The Rendell/Carr Quintet


They were known as the Swinging 'Sixties, but it was in the field of jazz that things were swinging in a particularly productive direction. In London, saxophonist Ronnie Scott and Pete King were running their own club, as was singer/actress Annie Ross, and in both of these venues American jazz stars were making their very first appearances in a U.K. club, as well as, in many cases, performing in Britain for the very first time. One great artist was even persuaded to conquer his fear of flying to come across the Atlantic. During the same period also, British musicians were making significant developments. So it is no exaggeration to say that here was jazz history in the making.

A providential fact was that simultaneously in this ultra-eventful decade an avid young jazz devotee and occasional singer named Les Tomkins was transforming himself into a prolific jazz journalist. With the aid of a professional Ferrograph Mk.2 tape recorder, Les began amassing his archive of over 1,000 interviews with jazz greats, for magazine publication from then to the present day.

One evening in 1963, a conversation Les had with Ronnie Scott resulted in the latter suggesting that Les bring his equipment to his club to capture as much as he could of the unprecedented month-to-month magic.   This he promptly did, as well as broadening his activity to Annie's Room and other nighspots.

This momentous sound archive has now been licensed to harkit records. After intense compiling work by Les Tomkins, releases of previously-unissued masters are planned for January 2003 onwards, under the generic title "Live in London". These will include inspired performances by such outstanding instrumentalists as Stan Getz, Ben Webster, Bill Evans, Jim Hall, J.J. Johnson, Johnny Griffin, Art Farmer and Derek Smith, and such individual vocalists as Annie Ross, Blossom Dearie, Jimmy Witherspoon, Helen Merrill, Jon Hendricks, Anita O'Day and Ernestine Anderson. Among likely names to be inscribed on subsequent CD's are Britons Stan Tracey, Ronnie Scott, Tubby Hayes, Dudley Moore, Kenny Baker, Tommy Whittle, Danny Moss, and Americans Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Sonny Rollins, Yusef Lateef, Cannonball Adderley and Dizzy Gillespie.

The gratifying fact is that, preserved on his shelves all this time by Les, these recordings have retained virtually all their original properties, and now, with the enhancements of harkit record's technical skills, will be providing exciting, revelatory jazz listening...

CD Title Harkit Records Issue No.
All Night Long Original Soundtrack Recording HRKCD 8095
Bill Evans    Review Live in London HRKCD 8058
Blossom Dearie Vol. 1   Review Live in London HRKCD 8055
Blossom Dearie Vol. 2 Live in London HRKCD 8066
Dudley Moore and Richard Rodney Bennett The First Orchestrations HRKCD 8054
Jimmy Witherspoon    Review Live in London HRKCD 8065
JJ Johnson    Review Live in London HRKCD 8060
Johnny Griffin    Review Live in London HRKCD 8061
Man From Interpol Original Soundtrack Recording HRKCD 8088
Modesty Blaise Original Soundtrack Recording HRKCD 8002
Rendell/Carr Quintet    Review Live in London HRKCD 8045
Roland Kirk Live in London HRKCD 8077
Sonny Rollins    Live in London HRKCD 8071
Stan Getz Vol. 1    Review Live in London HRKCD 8056
Stan Getz Vol. 2 Live in London HRKCD 8079
The Penthouse Original Soundtrack Recording HRKCD 8081
Tubby Hayes    Review Live in London HRKCD 8072

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