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Black British Swing

Black British Swing (Topic TSCD781)

Black British Swing
The African Diaspora's Contribution to England's Own Jazz of the 1930s and 1940s
Various Artists

Topic Records TSCD781 (CD, UK, 2001)

This is a compilation from the Jazz Collection of the British Library National Sound Archive.

Compiled by Peter WG Powell except from the first track, which is from Brian Rust's British Dance Bands on Records, 1911 to 1945.

Tracks

Leslie Thompson with Spike Hughes' Orchestra

  1. Tap Your Feet (2.49)
    recorded London, April 8, 1931

Ken “Snakehips” Johnson and His West Indian Dance Band

  1. Washington Squabble (3.08)
  2. Please Be Kind (2.36)
    both BBC Broadcast July 17, 1938
  3. Snakehips Swing (2.48)
  4. Exactly Like You (2.52)
  5. The Sheik of Araby (2.51)
  6. My Buddy (2.48)
    all four recorded at Decca Studio, West Hampstead, September 22, 1938
  7. Give Me My Ranch (El Rancho Grande) (3.06)
    recorded at the Café de Paris, London, januara 29, 1940
  8. Tuxedo Junction (2.58)
  9. Ida (2.42)
    both recorded at the Café de Paris, London, February 27, 1940
  10. Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind (2.57)
  11. It Was a Lover and His Lass (2.47)
    both recorded at the Café de Paris, London, April 24, 1940

Ken Johnson's Rhythm Section

Yorke de Souza, piano; Tommy Bromley, double bass; Tommy Wilson, drums

  1. Sweet Georgia Brown (2.34)
  2. Blue Skies (3.23)
  3. Untitled double bass cameo (1.36)
  4. Stompin' at the Savoy (2.56)
    all recorded London, 1940

Lauderic Canton Quartet

  1. The Jumping Jive (From the Java Joint) (3.28)
    recorded at Levy's Sound Studios, London, ca. 1940-September 1941

Cyril Blake and His Jigs Club Band

  1. Cyril's Blues (3.29)
  2. Frolic Sam (3.05)
  3. Rhythm Is Our Business (2.52)
    all recorded at the Jigs Club, London Soho, December 12, 1941

Frank Deniz and His Spirits of Rhythm

  1. Soft Winds (2.42)
    recorded London, May 17, 1944

Leslie “Jiver” Hutchinson and His Coloured Orchestra

  1. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (2.53)
  2. Big Top Boogie (2.53)
    both recorded London, July 31, 1944
  3. Dr Heckle and Mr Jibe (2.26)
    recorded at MBC Sound Studio, London; BBC Broadcast, December 19, 1946