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Victor Feldman: Suite Sixteen (1955)

Suite Sixteen

Track list:

01. Cabaletto
02. Elegy
03. Suite Sixteen
04. Sonar
05. Big Top
06. Duffle Coat
07. Brawl For All
08. Sunshine On a Dull Day
09. Maenya

Personnel:

Jimmy Deuchar, Dizzy Reece, Jimmy Watson – trumpet
Ken Wray – bass trumpet, trombone
John Burden – French horn
Jim Powell – tuba
Derek Humble – alto sax
Ronnie Scott, Tubby Hayes – tenor sax
Harry Klein – baritone sax
Victor Feldman – vibes, piano, drums
Tommy Pollard, Norman Stenfalt – piano
Lennie Bush, Eric Peter – bass
Tony Crombie, Phil Seamen – drums

Recorded:
#4,7,8: Tempo Records, London, England; August 18, 1955
Victor Feldman Septet:
Jimmy Deuchar, Dizzy Reece (trumpet) Derek Humble (alto saxophone) Victor Feldman (vibraphone, piano) Tommy Pollard (piano) Lennie Bush (bass) Tony Crombie (drums)

#3: Tempo Records, London, England; September 12, 1955
Victor Feldman Modern Jazz Quartet:
Victor Feldman (vibraphone) Tommy Pollard (piano) Eric Peter (bass) Tony Crombie (drums)

#6: Tempo Records, London, England; September 21, 1955
Victor Feldman Modern Jazz Quartet:
Victor Feldman (vibraphone) Norman Stenfalt (piano) Lennie Bush (bass) Phil Seamen (drums)

#1,2,5,6,9: Tempo Records, London, England; Septyember 21, 1955
Victor Feldman Big Band:
Jimmy Deuchar, Dizzy Reece, Jimmy Watson (trumpet) Ken Wray (trombone, bass trumpet) John Burden (French horn) Jimmy Powell (tuba) Derek Humble (alto saxophone) Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott (tenor saxophone) Harry Klein (baritone saxophone) Victor Feldman (vibraphone, drums, congas) Norman Stenfalt (piano) Lennie Bush (bass) Phil Seamen (drums) Tony Hall (recitation)

Label: Contemporary
C3541

Original Jazz Classics
OJCCD 1768

Recording Supervised by:
#4,7,8: Mike Butcher
#1-3,5,6,9: Tony Hall
*****

This interesting set (a CD re-issue of the original LP) features Victor Feldman shortly before he left England for the United States.

Feldman, mostly heard on vibes but also making strong appearances on piano and drums, heads several groups filled with English All-Stars, including such notable musicians as trumpeters Jimmy Deuchar and Dizzy Reece, tenors Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes, and pianist Tommy Pollard.

The music is boppish with some surprises in the consistently swinging arrangements, giving one a definitive look at Victor Feldman near the beginning of his career.
~Scott Yanow[allmusic.com]

*****

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