Magnificiant 7 Jazz Band

Irmag 7001

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 genre.

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 commercial appeal.

Quite simply The Magnificent 7 Jazz Band truly are magnificent!

Personnel of the band:

Amy Roberts - flute, clarinet, alto saxophone
Richard Exall - clarinet, tenor/alto saxophone, vocals,    arranger
Ben Cummings - trumpet, vocals
Ian Bateman - trombone
Craig Milverton - piano
Bill Coleman - bass
Nick Millward - drums, vocals 

Track List

1. Magnificent 7 Theme (1:28)
2. Dippermouth Blues (3.:29) Solos - Exall, Cummings, Bateman.
3. Midnight In Moscow (3.01)
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, Cummings/Bateman, Milverton.
6. Benny’s From Heaven (4:55) Vocal - Cummings. Solos - Roberts, Cummings, Milverton.
7. Brasileirinho (2:20)
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

A slide show with music clips can be found on Youtube.

Amy Roberts Ben Cummings Bill Coleman
Craig Milverton Ian Bateman Nick Millward
  Richard Exall  

The most important question is now "where can I get this new CD?"

Please contact


The CD costs GBP 10.-- plus postage.

Andreas Wandfluh / March 2014

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