Harry South - The Songbook (Rhythm & Blues)

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Harry South - The Songbook (Rhythm & Blues)

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Storming compilation of some of this legendary arranger's work spanning the 50's and 60's and featuring some true heavyweight UK jazz icons.


Blacky heavy vinyl. The studio is dark; voices can be heard approaching its main doors. Soon, a flick of a switch brings light, which reveals a white walled room full of musical instruments of every shape and size, glistening under the rays thrust upon them, all fighting for space with a plethora of recording equipment already set up. The voices heard earlier, now file in through the doors. The room falls silent as a piano lid is lifted to reveal black and white keys that stare back at the man now carefully placing his long fingers upon them. ‘Ok chaps’ he says, ‘shall we give the first number a run through? The arranger had arrived, the process had begun…

Harry South may not be a household name in the UK, but among its jazz world of the 50s to the late 60s, it was held in very high esteem. Even when jazz fell into a sharp decline in the UK mainstream in the late 1960s, you couldn’t hold a man like Harry South back. By then, mainly writing for film, theatre and TV, he composed perhaps one of the most iconic television themes of all time – The Sweeney. This album concentrates on the decade 1956-1966 when British jazz was at its peak and ranges through soul jazz, bebop, Latin stylings and funky, sixties big band sounds. The Harry South family have kindly allowed us to access their archives and we have included here ten tracks that are receiving their first commercial release. ‘Sure, you can learn a lot listening to other people on record’, Tubby Hayes said in 1957, ‘but Harry taught me more than I ever got from records’.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Artist Harry South
Label Rhythm & Blues
Music Format General Vinyl
Music Format Specific 12"
Genre Jazz
Release Date 21 Apr 2017
Track 1 Position A1
Track 1 Title Dick Morrissey Quartet - Minor Incident
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Track 2 Position A2
Track 2 Title Ronnie Ross Quintet - Slidin
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Track 3 Position A3
Track 3 Title The Downbeat Big Band - Southern Horizons
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Track 4 Position A4
Track 4 Title Joe Harriot Quintet - Liggin
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Track 5 Position A5
Track 5 Title Tubby Hayes & His Orchestra - Orient Line
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Track 6 Position A6
Track 6 Title Harry South Big Band - Jazz At The Paris
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Track 7 Position B1
Track 7 Title Harry South Big Band - Storm Warning
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Track 8 Position B2
Track 8 Title Harry South Big Band - Raga (edit)
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Track 9 Position B3
Track 9 Title Harry South Big Band - Sound Of Seventeen
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Track 10 Position B4
Track 10 Title Harry South Big Band - Newtyme Waltz
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Track 11 Position B5
Track 11 Title Harry South Big Band - The Goblin
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Track 12 Position B6
Track12 Title Harry South Big Band - Six To One Bar
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