Disc One British Jazz

  1. Ronnie Scott Sextet    Pittsburgh Opener
  2. Dave Lee Trio   Salt Air
  3. Johnny Keating All Stars        Headin’ North
  4. Tubby Hayes/Victor Feldman Sextet      Four
  5. Kenny Baker’s Half Dozen     Act One Scene One
  6. Derek Smith    Chelsea Bridge
  7. Don Rendell Jazz Six  Star Eyes
  8. Vic Ash Plus Four            Cinders
  9. Dizzy Reece Quintet   On The Scene
  10. Tony Kinsey Quintet   Just Goofin’
  11. Jimmy Deuchar Sextet            Opus De Funk
  12. The Jazz Couriers        Cheek To Cheek
  13. Dick Heckstall-Smith Quintet     Sputnik
  14. Johnny Dankworth     Firth Of Fourths
  15. Kenny Graham’s Afro Cubists            Monkey Business
  16. Melody Maker’s All-Stars       Top Score

Disc Two Jazz U.S.A

  1. Wes Montgomery        Finger Pickin’
  2. Milt Jackson       The Spirit-Feel
  3. Carl Perkins Trio         Too Close For Comfort
  4. Miles Davis     Générique
  5. Horace Silver Quintet Safari
  6. Art Blakey Percussion Ensemble        Cubano Chant
  7. Mose Allison   New Ground
  8. Ray Charles & Milt Jackson   Blue Funk
  9. Jimmy Smith Trio        Buns A Plenty
  10. Lorez Alexandria        Baltimore Oriole
  11. Charles Mingus           Celia
  12. Art Pepper       You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
  13. Barney Kessel On Green Dolphin Street
  14. Thad Jones      Mad Thad
  15. Jimmy Giuffre 3          The Train And The River
  16. John Coltrane Sextet   Blue Train


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“Most of our people have never had it so good”. When Prime Minister Harold Macmillan uttered his famous era-defining phrase in the summer of 1957 he wasn’t thinking of the UK’s modern jazz community. Yet his words were an equally apt summary of their fortunes that year. After the bitter defeats of 1956, when America delivered reminder upon reminder of its musical superiority, London’s modernists were finally fighting back. They had a new enclave, the Flamingo Club, with membership in its thousands, and a new cause celebre in the Jazz Couriers, a quintet of genuine kick-ass quality. Add to that, exciting new bands led by Don Rendell, Tony Kinsey and Johnny Dankworth and it was clear that the first generation of the capital’s ‘mods’ were on the way up…Sleeve Notes by Simon Spillett

The Soho Scene series from Britain’s Rhythm and Blues label has been pure joy for me…This set gets to the heart of what made British modern jazz special. The music taking place in London’s Soho district clubs was lyrical and hard driving and the improvisation was spectacular. I can honestly say there isn’t a bad track on the entire set. Marc Myers JazzWax