Magazine article IAJRC Journal

MACJAZZ - A Label Discography

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

MACJAZZ - A Label Discography

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(with grateful acknowledgement to Martin Colvill)

The entry for Martin Colvill in the 2009 Membership Directory of the IAJRC states that he is a company director and gives evidence that he is a considerable collector. In December 2000 he produced the first of twelve CDs for his MacJazz label. At the instigation of Terry Dash, manager of the Charleston Chasers, MAC CD001 was issued, to be followed over the next seven years by an intriguing selection of material, governed by friendship with the musicians, concern for the material and suggestions from recording engineer Dave Bennett.

The recording venue for the Butch Thompson CD, Potton Hall, Dunwich in Suffolk, near to Saxmundham, was recalled by Martin Colvill as a beautiful barn conversion which incorporated a small concert hall and a fully equipped recording studio. There were two Steinway pianos and the owner's collection of organs. For a time Decca used this barn for recording, including a session with pianist Morton Gunnar Larsen.

Dave Bennett's studio is equipped with a Yamaha digital grand piano.

An indication of the attention that was given to the presentation of these CDs is that the insert notes were written by such authorities as Dave Bennett, Peter Vacher, Clarrie Henley, Digby Fairweather and Alun Morgan. Overall these 12 releases contain a deal of good music, appealing to a wide range of jazz listeners, as the following listing shows:


Peter Rudeforth, tp, co, voc, arr; Sean Bolan, tp, co, ldr; Steve Shaw, tb, voc; Nik Payton, cl, as, c-mel. sax-1, ts, bar, voc, arr; Robert Fowler, Richard Exall, cl, as, ts; Raina Reid, p, voc, arr; Martin Wheatley, g-2, bjo-3, t-g-4; Malcolm Sked, sousaphone; Debbie Arthurs, pere, voc; Henry Davies, Barry Lee Hall Jr., arr. (all titles arranged by Raina Reid, except where shown)

Porcupine Studios, London - March 30/31, 2000

Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue (introducing "Vampin' Lil") -3

Let Me Sing & I'm Happy vRR,DA -3

Shanghai Shuffle aHD -3

The Mooche aBLH -2

Turn On The Heat vDA -4

Lulu's Back In Town -2

Ten Cents A Dance vDA -2

Meadow Lark vRR,DA aHD -3

Mood Indigo aNP -3

Happy Feet (introducing "I'll Dance Once More") -1 -3

Body & Soul aNP -2

Ain't She Sweet vNP, PR, SS -3

He's The Last Word vRR,DA -2

Runnin' Wild vPR aPR -2

Cryin' For The Carolines (introducing "Southern Tears") vRR,DA -2

Pass Out Lightly -3

You're Getting To Be A Habit vDA -2

Spanish Stomp -2

I'll See You In My Dreams -3

Album title: Turn On The Heat


Butch Thompson, p or org-1.

Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk - November 6, 7, 8, 2000

Poor Jimmy Green

I Hate A Man Like You

Sweet Baby Doll

Trouble In Mind

Sobbin' Blues

Krooked Blues

Tiger Rag

Winin' Boy Blues

Maria Elena

Dink Johnson Blues

Careless Love

Jazzin' Baby Blues

If Someone Would Only Love Me

Lily Of The Valley

Mamie's Blues

His Eye Is On The Sparrow

Deep Creek

If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight

Riverside Blues

How Long, How Long Blues -1

72 tunes were started or repeated during this three day marathon.

Album title: Butch Thompson On Tour Autumn 2000


Colin Smith, tp; Wally Fawkes, cl, ss-1; Stan Greig, p; Pete Skivington, b-g; Richie Bryant, d.

Dave Bennett's Studio, Basingstoke, September 23, 1999

Lucky Duck - 1

Comes Love

Day Dream - 1

La Rosita - 1

Where Folly Walks

When I Grow Too Old To Dream

Same personnel, except Colin Smith out.

Dave Bennett's Studio, Basingstoke - January 24, 2000

Autumn In Tufnell Park

In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree

Revolutionary Blues

The Nearness Of You

The Very Thought Of You

Bechet's Wedding Day

Buddy Bolden's Blues

Wabash Blues

How Long, How Long Blues

Clarrie Henley refers to "The Basement Studios"! …

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