Two big band swingers from the 60s UK scene – back to back on a single CD! First up is Big Band Spectacular from pianist/
Fonteyn – a set that's got a full brace of horns on most tracks, blasting hard with the swinging rhythms of the album! Fonteyn's on piano, but buried a bit in the mix, thanks to the horns – and there is some nice bongos, vibes, and guitar that comes into play at times – which helps keep things interesting. Titles include "My Hero", "This Could Be The Start Of Something Big", "You Do Something To Me", "So In Love", "Come Rain Or Come Shine", and "It's All Right With Me". Drum Spectacular is an album that definitely earns its name – thanks to heavy work on the kit from Kenny Clare and Ronnie Stephenson – not to mention a great lineup of horn players too! The ensemble is slightly large, but still has a lean feel – a bit like the Clarke Boland Big Band at times, a group that occasionally featured Clare. Players include Tony Coe and Tubby Hayes on tenor, Kenny Baker
and Kenny Wheeler on trumpets, Don Lusher and Keith Christie on trombones, and Alan Branscombe on piano – and arrangements are by the great Stan Tracey, Kenny Napper, Ian Hamer, and Tubby Hayes. Titles include "The Hawk Talks", "Drumboogie", "Caravan", "Drum Spectacular", "Portrait Of Elvin", "Afro Charlie", and "Talkin About Drums".
(Out of print.)