Various ‎– Too Hot: The Best Of Mainstream British Jazz

Castle Music ‎– CMETD992
3 × CD
Box Set

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1-1 The Melody Maker All-Stars* Top Score
1-2 The Fawkes-Turner Sextet Here Today
1-3 The Tony Coe Quintet Sans Humph
1-4 The Don Rendell Jazz Sextet* Star Eyes
1-5 Al Fairweather & His Band Red For Go
1-6 The Joe Harriott Quartet Everything Happens To Me
1-7 The Dill Jones Trio May-Zee
1-8 Kenny Baker's Half Dozen Act One, Scene One
1-9 The Jimmy Skidmore Jazz Group Cocquette
1-10 Archie Semple, Fred Hunt I Cover The Waterfront
1-11 Sandy Brown's Jazz Band Go Ghana
1-12 The Martin Slaven Septet A Smo-o-oth One
1-13 The Kenny Graham Afro Cubists* Time's A-Wastin'
1-14 Kenny Baker & His Rhythm I Must Have That Man
1-15 The Melody Maker All-Stars* Mood Indigo
1-16 The Bertie King Jazz Group Blue Lou
1-17 Kenny Baker & Friends Tea For Two
1-18 The Dill Jones Trio Carolina Shout
2-1 Kenny Baker & Friends It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
2-2 The Kenny Graham Afro Cubists* Tuxedo Junction
2-3 The Don Rendell Sextet Rush Job
2-4 The Vic Ash Quintet Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
2-5 The Fawkes-Turner Quintet Blue Turning Grey Over You
2-6 The Joe Harriott Quartet Just Friends
2-7 Al Fairweather & His Band September In The Rain
2-8 The Dick Heckstall-Smith Quintet Russian Lullaby
2-9 The Jazz Today Unit Blue Feeling
2-10 The Jazz Today Unit Farewell Blues
2-11 The Lennie Felix Trio Sweet Lorraine
2-12 Art Ellefsen Let Yourself Go
2-13 The Jimmy Skidmore Jazz Group You Took Advantage Of Me
2-14 The Allan Ganley Quartet I Feel A Song Coming On
Featuring – Joe Herriott
2-15 The Diz Disley Quintet Minor Swing
2-16 Cleo Laine Indian Summer
2-17 The Jazz Today Unit Blues In Threes
2-18 The Vic Ash Quartet With Keith Christie With The Wind And Rain In Your Hair
2-19 The Sandy Brown Big Four Sugar
3-1 Kenny Baker Too Cool For The Blues
3-2 Kenny Baker, Bruce Turner & Derek Smith Sidewalks Of Cuba
3-3 Kenny Baker, Bruce Turner, Jones & Christie Time's A-Wastin'
3-4 Kenny Baker's Half Dozen Love Me Or Leave Me
3-5 Kenny Baker's Dozen How's This
3-6 Kenny Baker & Friends Blues For John
3-7 The Jazz Today Unit With Kenny Baker Symphony In Riffs
3-8 Kenny Baker & Friends Bugle Blues
3-9 Kenny Baker's Dozen Bakerloo Non-Stop
3-10 The Kenny Baker Group Oh Baby
3-11 Kenny Baker Mean Dog Blues
3-12 The Kenny Graham Afro Cubists* Cuban Fantasy
3-13 The Kenny Graham Afro Cubists* Swallowin' The Blues
3-14 The Kenny Graham Afro Cubists* Don't Get Round Much Any More
3-15 The Kenny Graham Afro Cubists* Rockin' In Rhythm
3-16 The Kenny Graham Afro Cubists* I'll Get By
3-17 The Kenny Graham Afro Cubists* Monkey Business
3-18 The Kenny Graham Afro Cubists* Bongo Chant
3-19 The Kenny Graham Afro Cubists* I Dreamt I Dwelt In Harlem


3 CD boxed set with nice leaflet


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April 22, 2014
Concentrating on Pye Records' Nixa Jazz Today series output from the mid to late-fifties, this is a great introduction to what was happening in British jazz at that time. Also a chance to hear some otherwise very rare recordings by the likes of Art Ellefson, Joe Harriott playing with Allan Ganley's Quartet and Martin Slavin's take on some Benny Goodman. Maybe a little heavy on the Kenny Baker material but he was probably 'the' major player on the scene at that point.