Magnificiant 7 Jazz Band
Normally, we do publish new CD's related to Chris Barber and his
bands and, of course, Chris guesting with other bands. But in some cases
we have to do an exception!
This exception is the release of the
first CD of the Magnificiant 7 Jazz Band, a band formed
in 2013 and consisting of musicians of the bands of Chris Barber, Kenny
Ball and Mr. Acker Bilk.
Jackie Flavelle, musician, DJ,
radio personality and outstanding bass player wrote the sleeve notes:
To name a jazz band the Magnificent 7 may appear on the
face of it, rather ostentatious.
However, in this case the title
aptly describes this outstanding collective. Co-led by internationally
acclaimed Richard Exall and award winning Amy Roberts, the personnel are
all recent or current alumni of the three great British revivalist bands
of the 1950’s. This debut recording acknowledges the works of Chris
Barber, Acker Bilk and Kenny Ball, recreating the hits that defined the
The bands' repertoire is as exciting as it is eclectic,
weaving a carefully tailored course through
the world of improvised
music. Paying homage to the early pioneers Oliver, Armstrong and
Ellington, plus a little latin for added colour. The Magnificent Seven
Jazz Band works as a team,
with sparkling contributions from all the
musicians, which ensures an amazingly powerful
sound with a broad
Quite simply The Magnificent 7 Jazz Band truly
|Personnel of the band:
Amy Roberts - flute, clarinet, alto
Richard Exall - clarinet,
tenor/alto saxophone, vocals, arranger
Ben Cummings - trumpet, vocals
Bateman - trombone
Bill Coleman - bass
Millward - drums, vocals
1. Magnificent 7 Theme (1:28)
Blues (3.:29) Solos - Exall, Cummings, Bateman.
3. Midnight In Moscow
4. Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby (4:33) Vocal - Exall.
Solos - Bateman, Cummings.
5. Avalon (4:47) Solos - Exall/Roberts,
6. Benny’s From Heaven (4:55) Vocal -
Cummings. Solos - Roberts, Cummings, Milverton.
8. In A Persian Market ( 3:06) Solo - Exall
9. Creole Love
Call (6:16) Solos - Roberts, Coleman.
10. Minute Waltz ( 4:37) Solos
- Exall, Milverton, Cummings, Roberts, Bateman.
11. So Do I (4:43)
Vocal - Cummings. Solos - Exall, Bateman, Cummings.
12. Serenade In
Blue ( 4.38) Solos - Bateman, Exall, Milverton.
13. Mona Lisa (3:51)
Vocal - Exall. Solos - Exall, Bateman.
14 Chimes Blues ( 4:59) Solos
- Exall, Coleman, Milverton
15. Ice Cream (3:57) Vocals - Exall,
Millward, Cummings. Solos Milverton, Millward
show with music clips can be found on
The most important question is now "where can I get this new CD?"
The CD costs GBP 10.-- plus postage.
Andreas Wandfluh / March 2014