Mart Rodger and Manchester Jazz enjoyed a most successful North American tour last September covering the West Coast of the United States and Canada. The delightful septet brings a fresh sound to traditional jazz.
This is not an "order of soloists" outfit, nor is it in the style of many British Trad bands who seldom depart from the pure New Orleans sound. Manchester Jazz has a style of its own and the soloists appear in quite unpredictable order. This is a very hot band that may well have your CD player belching smoke.
In typical fashion, the band kicks off with a real rouser in the form of "Give Me Your Telephone Number" penned by J.C.Higginbotham. The group has one of the most powerful front lines on the UK jazz scene. The leader is a truly original clarinetist and when combined with the gutsy trombone of Terry Brunt and the driving trumpet of Allan Dent, the band really romps and stomps.
Mart Rodger pours out his heart and soul on Colin Smith's original "I Believe In Rainbows" with some of the sweetest low register clarinet playing you will ever hear. Augmented by the piano of Roger Browne, "Rainbows" is a real charmer.
New Orleans jazz collectors expect nothing but the best from the productions of George H.Buck Jr. and this record is no exception. George knows how to pick and record jazz in the traditional style. This CD is filled with fifteen fine tunes ranging from Jackass Blues, Whistlin' Rufus, Beale Street Blues to more modern pieces such as Basie's "Sent For You Yesterday" and Johnny Hodges' "Fur Piece".
Well done, Manchester!