June 27, 2012

Soon an exclusive interview with Paul Buckmaster!

Thanks to Denny Bridges we've got a contact with musician/producer/sound engineer Paul Buckmaster. Soon we'll have an exclusive interview with him here.
Who is interested to ask him some specific questions, please contact me through my personal e-mail.

Paul Buckmaster on electric bass playing with Bridges and Minns in September 1970.
In the meanwhile, watch this interesting video from YouTube where Paul talks about his orchestral arrangements for the Grand Illusion song "Gates of Fire" realised in 2011.

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June 21, 2012

"I've left my heart in"... New Orleans. The dawn of Dave Tomlin.

At the beginning of his career, just some years before to form the Giant Sun Trolley and meet Glen Sweeney, Dave Tomlin worked as a session man playing the clarinet for some jazz bands.

Bob Wallis
One of them was leaded by trumpeter Bob Wallis (1934-1991), "a feisty British jazzman who had a handful of chart successes in the early 1960s, during the “trad” boom that directly preceded the coming of the Beatles and all the other Merseyside groups that decimated the number of UK jazz bands at that time".

"Wallis was a trumpeter with real drive and energy - one of his heroes was Henry Red Allen - as well as being full of life, remarkable for someone who suffered from ill health for most of his years. He played with his own band for much of that time, the Storyville Jazzmen, though earlier and later in his career he played with other bands as well.
Wallis was born in Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, in 1934, where his father eventually became harbour master. At an early age he joined the local Salvation Army Band with his local friend, Keith Avison, who was to play trombone with Wallis for a number of years. By the age of 20 he had discovered the world of jazz and set up his own band in Bridlington which also played in nearby Hull.

"He went to Denmark for a short spell and made his first couple of records there - as vocalist with the “Washboard Beaters”. The skiffle craze was rampant at the time and the Wallis singing style was some of the most idiosyncratic ever heard. Once you grew used to the gravelly-voiced style, however, it became clear that the singing was essentially melodious and that Wallis could certainly carry a tune.

"Back in the UK, he went to London and played for a short time with Ken Colyer's Omega Brass as well as joining Acker Bilk. These bands were recording mainly for the specialist 77 Records label. Ultimately he joined up with Hugh Rainey's All Stars (Ginger Baker was their drummer at the time) and shortly afterwards the band changed its name to The Storyville Jazzmen, fronted by Wallis. In 1959 the band recorded an LP for Top Rank, “Everybody Loves Saturday Night” which entered the top ten album charts. A single followed and then the band moved to the more jazz-oriented Pye label where they made three albums and a number of singles which also had modest chart success.

" (...) When the trad boom ended in 1963, Wallis and the band, who had been TV regulars as well as having a long summer season at the London Palladium, effectively broke up. Wallis played with one or two other bands before moving to the Continent where he spent most of his remaining years, still blowing up a storm with reconstituted versions of the Storyville Jazzmen. Occasionally these bands included former colleagues, such as Keith Avison and Pete Gresham. Drummer Alan Poston was still playing with the band when it made its final recordings in the mid eighties. Clarinettist Forrie Cairns was also with the band for much of this time.

"Ultimately Bob settled in Zurich with a residency at the Casa Bar, where he finally found his spiritual home, much appreciated by residents and visitors alike. He continued to make records for European labels such as Storyville, WAM and Pebe, but the chart appearances were long gone. Nevertheless the band remained true to the Wallis ideals, with a driving style that owed much to his energy and fine sense of humour. Phil Kent, who was the bass-player with Bobs band during their residency in Zurich, is one of the few remaining members of the Storyville Jazzmen. He is still playing bass, and lives in Lydeard St Lawrence, near Taunton, Somerset.

"When it became clear in 1990 that his ill health was not going to improve, he returned to England with his wife, Joyce, where he died in hospital in 1991. His long battle with illness was over but his records attest to the fact that Wallis was one of the great British jazzmen of his time. His son, Jay, carries on the family tradition of playing trumpet" ("All about jazz" Web site, http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/musician.php?id=11743).

The CD cover where the tracks are taken.
From one of the rare Bob Wallis' sessions survived, here we have three tracks recorded in London on May 20th and June 1st, 1959 with Dave Tomlin on clarinet, Avo Avison (trombone), Pete Gresham (piano), Hugh Rainey (banjo), Brian 'Drag' Kirby, Kenny Buckner (drums) and Bob Wallis on trumpet.
Funny to know that Dave had forgotten these jolly recordings and it's been a pleasure for him to listen to them...

Download the tracks at Rapidshare:
"Maryland, my Maryland" (4:35) 11.00MB
"Big House Blues" (5:46) 13.83MB
"Savoy Blues" (5:09) 12.36MB

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June 16, 2012

The same old rotten story: a 'new' Italian tribute to the TEB full of commonplaces and omissions...

It's the same old story, here, in Italy, when the so-called music journalists try to write something of significant about rock music: they are able just to write obviousness, commonplaces, repeating supposed legends taken from the same overused rotten sources... 
All in all, as they say, nothing of new under the sun, dear expert & brave Third Ear Band's fans!
This time, but just if you can read Italian, you can have a lot of assorted trite amenities - totally free!!! - at http://www.ondarock.it/rockedintorni/thirdearband.htm.
Sorry, but this is the standard we can have here, in Italy...

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June 05, 2012

Lyn Dobson's Four Elements.

Lyn Dobson, the last winds player of the TEB, among his countless projects, in July 2005 recorded his personal vision of the four archetipal elements - musical landscapes inspired by his eccentric  theatrical vocalist jazzy/folky/ethnic soul.
He asked me to help him to get a deal in Italy, but I had bad luck and nothing happened (but if someone's interested please contact me...).

Lyn and Ursula Smith playing on stage at Genova's Psycho Club (January 1990)
So you have now the chance to listen to three of these very fascinanting tunes and have an idea of Lyn's soundscape ideas of it. Not just the TEB's 1970 legendary four elements, of course, but a sort  of catching ragamelodic thing...

TITLE: "The Elements"

"Air" (9:41)
"Fire" (10:29)
"Earth" (10:25)
"Water" (10:21)

Recorded in Crete on July 7th, 2005
Lyn Dobson: vocals, sitar, flutes, sax, keyboards, programming

Download it at:  
("Fire") 25.50 MB
https://rapidshare.com/files/3941370084/Lyn_Dobson_s_Elements_-_Earth.mp3 ("Earth") 25.10 MB
https://rapidshare.com/files/3360194560/Lyn_Dobson_s_Elements_-_Water.mp3 ("Water") 26.15 MB

Some recent videos with Lyn (interviewed by Mike Collins) on You Tube at:

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